Beijing Objects To Nirmala Sitharaman’s Arunachal Pradesh Visit

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Beijing: The ties between India and China seemed to have been brought back on track following the thaw in Doklam. However, there is no end to provocation from the Chinese side.

In a shocking move, Beijing on Monday objected to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Sitharaman’s visit to the “disputed area” was not conducive to peace and tranquility in the region.

The Defence Minister had on Sunday travelled to forward Army posts in remote Anjaw district of the northeastern state bordering China to take stock of the defence preparedness.

“As to Indian Defence Minister visit to Arunachal Pradesh, you must be very clear about China’s position,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing.

“There is a dispute on the eastern section of the China-India boundary. So this visit by the Indian side to the disputed area is not conducive to the peace and tranquility of the relevant region,” she said in a response to a question.

The spokesperson added that India should work with China to properly resolve the issue through dialogue and by creating enabling environment and conditions.

“Hope India will work China for the shared goal, seek a solution acceptable to both sides and accommodate our concerns in a balanced way,” she said.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet and routinely objects to top Indian officials’ visit to the area.
The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 kms. Both sides have held 19 rounds of talks by the Special Representatives to resolve the dispute.

Sitharaman had visited Nathu La area on the India-China border in Sikkim last month and greeted the People’s Liberation Army soldiers across the border.