Amit Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th Statehood Day function. (Photo Credit: Twitter/BJP4India)
Reacting to China's objections on Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Thursday said the state is an integral part of India and Indian leaders routinely travel there as they do to other Indian states. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, who was addressing the weekly media briefing, said, “Objecting to visit of an Indian leader to any state in India doesn't stand to reason.”
Earlier, China objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh saying, it is "firmly opposed" to his trip as it violated Beijing’s "territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust".
"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian politician’s visit to the southern part of China’s Tibet region as it violated China’s territorial sovereignty, undermined stability of the border area, sabotaged political mutual trust, and violated relevant bilateral agreement," China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told online media briefing.
Amit Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th Statehood Day function, he will also launch a number of projects related to industry and roads.
The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China traditionally claims that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is a 'part of Southern Tibet'. Morever, both the two countries have so far held 22 rounds of Special Representatives talks to resolve the border dispute.
(With PTI inputs)