India dismisses China's objection to Nirmala's Arunachal visit

India dismisses China's objection to Nirmala's Arunachal visit

India on Thursday dismissed China's objection to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

"Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and Indian leaders have that much freedom to visit Arunachal Pradesh as they have to visit other states in the country," Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said.

He was reacting to the remarks of the spokesperson of Chinese government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, on Monday that Nirmala's visit to Arunachal Pradesh had not been conducive for peace and tranquillity along the disputed border between the two nations.

Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday visited forward army posts in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, to take stock of defence preparedness. She also posted on Twitter pictures of her visit, including her meeting with senior officers of Indian Army.

China claims that the entire Arunachal Pradesh is part of their territory.

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