BEIJING: China on Wednesday (October 13) objected to the recent visit of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh. It has been mentioned that China is strangely opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the state as it has never recognized it.
Vice President visited Arunachal Pradesh on October 9 and addressed a special session of the state assembly during which he said the visible transformation of the northeast is a clear evidence of a resurgence in the region's pace of development which remained neglected for decades. China characteristically objects to Indian leaders' visits to Arunachal Pradesh to support its stand. India says Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inalienable part and Indian leaders visit the state from time to time, as they visit other parts of the country.
Responding to a query from the official media about Vice President's visit to Arunachal Pradesh at a media briefing here, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China has never recognised the state.The India-China boundary dispute covers 3,488 km along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.
"China's position on the boundary issue is steady and clear. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the area concerned," Zhao said.