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India strongly rejects China’s objection to Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh | India News

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday rejected China’s objection to the visit of Interior Minister Amit Shah to Arunachal Pradesh, saying that any criticism of visits by Indian leaders to a state in the country makes no sense.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable” part of India and Indian leaders routinely travel to the state as they do to any other state.
China, which claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet, opposed Shah’s visit to the state, saying it violated Beijing’s “territorial sovereignty” over him.
“Our position on Arunachal Pradesh is clear and consistent. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India,” Kumar said at a press conference.
“Objecting the visit of Indian leaders to a state in India is unreasonable and understanding the Indian people,” he added.
Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th State Day function and launch a series of development projects. China routinely opposes visits by Indian leaders to the northeastern state.
The border dispute between India and China covers the Current Control Line (LAC) of 3,488 km.
So far, China and India have held 22 rounds of Special Representatives talks to resolve the border dispute.

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