China objects to Venkaiah Naidu Arunachal visit, India says no ground, solve LAC issue

China objects to Venkaiah Naidu Arunachal visit, India says no ground, solve LAC issue

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October 14, 2021

Two days after India and China blamed each other for failing to make headway in talks over the military standoff on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Beijing Wednesday said it “firmly opposed” Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh last weekend. It asked New Delhi to “stop taking actions that would complicate and expand the boundary issue”.

New Delhi, 14 October 2021

As per news report of The Indian Express, Within hours, the Ministry of External Affairs rejected Beijing’s statement, saying Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable part” of India and objection to visits of Indian leaders to a state of India “does not stand to reason”. In Arunachal Pradesh, the Vice President had addressed the state Assembly, interacted with “achievers”, inaugurated the Assembly library, the Dorjee Khandu auditorium and a paper recycling unit in Itanagar, besides meeting the state leadership including the Governor and Chief Minister. Beijing’s objection to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh is not unusual. It has objected to visits in the past by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in 2019, and Home Minister Amit Shah in 2020. Each time, its objection has invited a sharp response from the Indian government. But on Wednesday, New Delhi also underlined the border situation – and that’s what made its response somewhat different.

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