China condemns Indian PM Modi's visit to disputed region

Clay Curtis
February 10, 2019

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold rallies in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Sunday, the TDP, Congress and the Left parties have planned to hold protests against his visit. "This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions", India's foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.

Prime Minister Modi Saturday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects in Arunachal Pradesh worth over Rs 4,000 crore and said his government was giving a lot of importance to improve connectivity in the border state.

"China's position on the China-India border issue is consistent and clear-cut", said Hua, adding that the Chinese government has never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh, Xinhua reported".

New Delhi considers Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian state, but Beijing claims a large part of it as South Tibet. The state government has even booked two special trains, which will carry about 2,000 TDP workers, people's organisation members and caste associations to the national capital to participate in the "Deeksha".

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The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Arunachal Pradesh. "And I assure you all that we will not just ensure its safety and security, but also put it on a fast track to development", Indian broadcaster NDTV quoted him as saying. The project has been in the pipeline since 2007 but controversy and debate over site selection have hampered its progress.

Noted at previous news briefings, the ministry believed China and India can handle various border affairs through a relevant mechanism as the pair has established a mature management mechanism for border-related issues.

Both India and China have sought to rebuild trust after an armed standoff over a stretch of the Himalayan border in 2017.

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