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India rejects China's objection to Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal Pradesh

India asserted that the state is an integral part of the country and Indian leaders are as much free to go there as to any other state

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledging a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures on her reaching Nathu La. Photo: PTI
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledging a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures on her reaching Nathu La. Photo: PTI

today rejected China's objection to Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, asserting that the state is an integral part of the country and Indian leaders are as much free to go there as to any other state.

"is integral part of and Indian leaders have that much freedom to visit Arunachal as they have in visiting other states in the country," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

To a question on next round of talks between Special Representatives of and on the boundary question, Kumar said both sides are in touch with each other.

"We do not have any confirmed dates for talks as yet. The two sides are in touch. Once we have some dates for it, we will let you know," he said during a media briefing.

On Monday, had objected to Sitharaman's first visit to on Saturday and Sunday, saying her tour of the "disputed area" was not conducive to peace in the region.

During her trip to the state, Sitharaman also visited forward army posts in the remote Anjaw district bordering to take stock of defence preparedness.

claims as part of South Tibet and routinely objects to top Indian officials' visits to the area.

Asked about China's comment yesterday that India's stand on the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is wavering, Kumar said New Delhi's position on the issue is "very clear" and "principled".

"We have seen the releavent remarks. India's position on connectivity is very clear, (it) is principled and is consistent....

"As regards the so called CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), it is also well known that it violates India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kumar said.

yesterday said India's stand on its BRI is wavering, and the CPEC, a part of the project, does not involve any territorial dispute as claimed by New Delhi.

has been reiterating that the USD 50 billion CPEC which traverses through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a connectivity project and will not affect its stand that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between and Pakistan through talks.

has objected to the CPEC as it is being laid through the disputed territory and boycotted a high-profile Belt and Road Forum organised by in May.

Kumar said will always be open to any efforts which will address its legitimate concerns in this regard.

First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 20:49 IST
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