Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu

Guwahati, February 20, 2020:

China, which shares its border with India’s Arunachal Pradesh and considers the northeastern state as part of its southern territory, has vehemently opposed Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s arrival and participation in the state’s 34th Statehood Day.

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman, China, Geng Shuang said, “China’s position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China’s Tibet region, is consistent and clear.”

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He further said that China had never recognized the Indian state and instead considered it as its southern part of Tibet region. The neighboring country felt violated. “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Shah’s visit to the southern part of China’s Tibet region as it violated China’s territorial sovereignty, undermined the stability of the border area, sabotaged political mutual trust, and violated relevant bilateral agreement,” he was quoted as saying.

It may be mentioned here that this is not the first time that China has opposed movement of leaders in Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, it had opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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With Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Beijing has urged the government of India to refrain from taking any action to complicate the already existing border issue.

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