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China protests against Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Beijing: China on Wednesday objected to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying it is strongly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the state as it has never acknowledged it. Naidu visited Arunachal Pradesh on October 9 and addressed a special session of the State Assembly in which he said the visible transformation of the Northeast is clear evidence of the resurgence of the region’s pace of development, which remained neglected for decades.Read also – India, China hold 13th round of military negotiations over Eastern Ladakh Standoff

China routinely protests against Indian leaders’ visits to Arunachal Pradesh to support its position. India says Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inalienable part and Indian leaders visit the state from time to time when visiting other parts of the country. Also read-India-China participates in fresh face-off in Arunachal’s Tawang prior to talks

The border dispute between India and China covers 3,488 km along the line of actual control (LAC). China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet. In response to a question from the official media about Naidu’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh at a media briefing here, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China has never recognized the state. Read also – China continues to implement large troops, rearmament in border areas: MEA on the Ladakh range

China’s position on the border issue is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side and is strongly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to that area, Zhao said.

We urge the Indian side to sincerely respect China’s major concerns, stop taking any action that would complicate and expand the border issue and refrain from undermining mutual trust and bilateral relations, he said.

Instead, it should take real concrete steps to maintain peace and stability in the border areas between China and India and help bring bilateral relations back on track for healthy and stable development, the spokesman added. India has maintained the need to address the remaining issues along the line of effective control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for progress in bilateral relations.

The remarks of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday came days after India and China had made no progress in resolving the 17-month standoff in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh. The Indian Army said on Monday that its “constructive proposal” at the 13th round of military talks on Sunday was neither pleasing to the Chinese side nor Beijing could make “forward-looking” proposals.

The border situation between the Indian and Chinese militaries broke out on May 5 last year in eastern Ladakh following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area. As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the decoupling process in the Gogra area last month.

In February, the two sides completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south shores of Pangong Lake in accordance with a decoupling agreement.

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