Hours after China raised objection over US envoy’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, terming it interference, India rebuffed China reiterating that the north-eastern frontier state is an integral part of the country.
“The US Ambassador visited Arunachal Pradesh, a state which is an integral part of the country to which he is accredited. There is nothing unusual in it,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in New Delhi.
Earlier, China has asked United States to desist from interfering in the India-China border dispute, referring to US envoy Richard Verma’s October 22 tour to Tawang at the invitation of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had gone to the extent of calling Arunachal a “disputed Region”.
“We have also noted that the place visited by senior US diplomatic official is a disputed region between China and India. We are firmly opposed to his visit,” Lu Kang had told the press in Beijing.
“China’s position on eastern section of the China-India boundary is very clear and consistent. The two countries are now trying to resolve territorial disputes through negotiations and consultations,” he said referring to the Special Representatives mechanism headed by National Security Advisors of both countries to find a solution.
India, however, set the matters straight by responding to Chinese objections reaffirming its stated position on the issue.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area.
On the other hand, India has strongly maintained that the dispute covers Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.