Despite the media going gung-ho about the informal meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at two venues Wuhan and Mahabalipuram, China continues to target India . And has not shied away from commenting on Arunachal Pradesh.
In its latest jibe, It has objected to the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the Chinese government never acknowledged the ‘so-called’ northeast Indian state, which it claims to be a part of South Tibet.
Singh visited Tawang for the ‘Maitree Diwas’ celebrations to boost civil-military friendship in the region bordering China.
Reacting to the visit, Spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said “the Chinese government never acknowledged the so-called Arunachal Pradesh.”
“We firmly oppose the activities conducted in that area by Indian officials or leaders,” Geng said.
“We urge the Indian side to respect Chinese interests and concerns, and stop taking any actions that may complicate the boundary matter and take real actions to safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” he said.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet and the two countries have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute covering 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).