China has objected to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday. China claimed that the minister’s tour of a “disputed area” was not conducive to the peace and tranquility in the region.
On Sunday, Sitharaman had visited forward army posts in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh 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…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,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing.
So far, the Ministry of External Affairs hasn’t responded to China’s comment.
The Indian side should work with the Chinese side to make contribution to properly resolving the issue through dialogue and create enabling environment and conditions, China said.
“Hope India will work with China for the shared goal, seek a solution acceptable to both sides and accommodate our concerns in a balanced way,” Hua said in the press conference.
China has always maintained that parts of Arunachal Pradesh belong to South Tibet. Beijing has routinely objected 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.
Last month Sitharaman had also visited Nathu La region in Sikkim on the India-China border. She had also greeted the People’s Liberation Army soldiers from across the border.
In August, India and China had resolved the long standing stand-off in the Doklam area in Sikkim near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction. Both sides had agreed to “disengage” troops from the dispute site.
(With inputs from agencies)