India snubs China over Arunachal

External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar (File)

New Delhi (NVI): Hours after China objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India snubbed the neighbouring country, saying the comments do “not stand to reason “.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Ravish Kumar said since Arunachal Pradesh is a part of India, any Indian leader can visit it.

“Our position on Arunachal Pradesh is clear and consistent. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other states of India, ” Kumar said at a media briefing here.

“Objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of the Indian people,” he added.

Earlier in the day, China, which lays claim over Arunachal Pradesh, said it was “firmly opposed” to Shah’s trip as it “violated” its “territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust”.

The objection was articulated by China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.

Shah was in Arunachal Pradesh today to attend the 34th Statehood Day function and launch a number of projects related to industry and roads.