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Arunachal integral part of India, government reasserts

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After expressed anger over Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to earlier this month, the on Thursday reasserted that the northeastern state is an integral part of

"As you all know, is an integral part of India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly media briefing here.

"Indian leaders have all the right and freedom to visit as they have to visit any other part of India," he stated.

On Sunday, Sitharaman paid a visit to Army posts in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering which considers the northeastern Indian state as its own and calls it South Tibet.

Accompanied by Indian Army officers, Sitharaman took stock of the defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Following this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing that "we must be very clear about this that there is a dispute on the eastern section of China-boundary".

"This visit by the side to the disputed area is not conducive to the peace and tranquility of the relevant region. We hope the Indian side will work with the Chinese side to continue to make a contribution to properly resolving the boundary issue through dialogue and create enabling atmosphere and condition for this," Hua said.

expresses anger whenever any Indian minister or foreign dignitary visits Arunachal Pradesh.

In April, ties between India and China took a hit when Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama visited Arunachal Pradesh.



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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 19:42 IST