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China protests visit by India's Modi to disputed border area

China firmly opposes Modi's visit to border region China protests visit by India's Modi to disputed border area
Kenny Thornton | 10 February, 2019, 14:30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and said even though the latter had assured new projects for the poor, he ended up replicating the Centre's schemes.

The Ministry of External Affairs said the state is an "integral and inalienable part of India" and the country's leaders make visits as they would go anywhere else in India.

China's stance on the border issue is always clear and consistent and never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh". The foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni - Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim & Assam was also laid by PM.

"China urges the Indian side to. refrain from any action that may lead to the escalation of disputes or complicate the boundary question", added Hua, some hours after Modi's visit to the contested area, during which he inaugurated building work for two airports.

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He was addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stones and inaugurating various development projects at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh today. This will be built at a cost of Rs 2,280 crore, according to BJP MP G V L Narasimha Rao.

Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met a number of times past year to give impetus to trade discussions.

PM Modi has been facing severe criticism from the opposition parties over Rafale deal, which has put the BJP and the NDA government on defensive.

The 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese armies on the Doklam Plateu at the tri-junction with Bhutan had seriously affected the bilateral ties, following which a series of high-level meetings between the political and military leaderships have been held in an effort to improve relations. China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand. In Nov 2017, China had attacked President Ram Nath Kovind over his visit to north-eastern state.

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