Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

China condemns Indian PM Modi's visit to disputed region

China condemns Indian PM Modi's visit to disputed region

"China urges the Indian side to bear in mind the common interests of the two countries, respect the interests and concerns of the Chinese side, cherish the momentum of improvement in bilateral relations, and refrain from any action that may lead to the escalation of disputes or complicate the boundary question", she said in her reaction posted on the Chinese foreign ministry's website.

Taking a cue from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has called upon his party workers to express their resentment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit by wearing yellow and black clothes, and flying yellow and black balloons on Sunday. TDP has also directed its party workers to stage protests across Guntur and Vijayawada with black flags during the prime minister's visit. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the Chinese side was aware of India's sensibilities regarding the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that basic infrastructure has been a long-standing demand of Arunachal Pradesh which was ignored by the previous governments. "Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, just as they visit other parts of India", the MEA said in response to Beijing's objection. This will be built at a cost of Rs 2,280 crore, according to BJP MP G V L Narasimha Rao. He laid the foundation stone for construction of greenfield airport at Hollongi and inaugurated the resumption of operations of an upgraded airport in Tezu.

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The strong public reaction from the Chinese government came despite the leaders of two countries, PM Modi and President Xi Jinping, having met four times past year, most recently on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires in December.

China's stance on the border issue is always clear and consistent and never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh". "The clearance for Modi's visit was given by the special protection group on 8 February for the meeting titled "Praja Chaitanya Sabha", which will be held at the Etukuru bypass near Guntur city on Sunday", said the senior TDP leader quoted above.

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