India rejects China’s objections to Shah’s visit to Arunachal, saying they “won’t change reality”


New Delhi – On Tuesday, India disregarded China’s protests over Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s trip to Arunachal Pradesh, claiming that the northeastern province is a natural part of the nation. Speaking on behalf of the external affairs ministry, Arindam Bagchi said criticising such visits wouldn’t change the fact that Arunachal Pradesh is a “inalienable part of India,” in response to a statement made on Monday by China’s foreign ministry that Amit Shah’s visit to the state was not conducive to peace in the border regions.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, stated that “Zangnan is part of China’s territory” in response to a question concerning Shah’s trip to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own. The senior Indian official’s actions in Zangnan, according to Wang, infringe China’s territorial sovereignty and are detrimental to the peace and tranquilly of the border regions. We vehemently oppose this.

When visiting Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh on Monday, Shah declared that border security was the government’s top concern and that India would not permit anyone to seize even a little portion of its territory. His comments come days after China renamed 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh, also known as Zangnan in Beijing, in an effort to bolster its claim to the important northeastern state.
The attempts by China to rename places in Arunachal Pradesh have already been rejected by the ministry of external affairs.

The 4,800 crore Vibrant Villages programme was also launched by Shah, who is making his first visit to the eastern sector of the LAC, from Kibithoo, a village that looks out over Chinese posts. He declared that the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) would be given all the resources necessary to handle any threat that comes from the other side of the border.

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