China slams Ram Nath Kovind's Arunchal Pradesh visit

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2017

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a 4-day visit to North-eastern states, on Sunday said that education is a necessity which can be used as a tool to bring changes in our society. In fact, China claimed to rename six places in Arunachal Pradesh earlier this year, and since then these new names started to appear in Chinese maps.

As China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of South Tibet, it doesn't welcome visits by Indian leaders and top ministers to this north-eastern state.

Noting that Arunachal Pradesh has huge hydro power potential, Kovind said the State can become "the powerhouse of the nation", even as he mentioned that the State's enormous natural habitations have the potential for development of agricultural and horticultural produce.

President Ram Nath Kovind today said that Arunachal Pradesh, being a border State, offers a unique opportunity to trade and do business with the neighbouring countries.

"China firmly opposes the Indian leader's relevant activities in the relevant region", Lu Kang, ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) spokesperson, said at a regular briefing.

The so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" was established largely on three areas of China's Tibet - Monyul, Loyul and Lower Tsayul - which are now under India's illegal occupation.

In a separate statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomed the talks and said it was "in the fundamental interest of both countries to maintain the healthy and stable development of China-India relations and is also the common expectation of both the region and the worldwide community".

Sitharaman had visited forward Army posts in Anjaw district that borders China to take stock of defence preparedness. "So this visit by the Indian side to the disputed area is not conducive to the peace and tranquility of the relevant region".

Diplomats from the two countries had met in Beijing on Friday for the 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) initiated in 2012 with a focus on maintaining peace along the disputed border.

Tight security arrangements have been made in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur ahead of President Kovind's visit.

The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 kms.

Both sides held 19 round of talks by the Special Representatives to resolve the boundary dispute.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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