According to a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, China strongly opposes the visit of India’s home minister to Arunachal Pradesh and considers his actions in the region to be a breach of Beijing’s territorial sovereignty.
China has renamed some places in what India regards as its eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, and Beijing claims that those areas are part of its territory.
“Zangnan is China’s territory,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday in response to a question about the visit by India’s Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah.
“The Indian official’s visit to Zangnan violates China’s territorial sovereignty, and is not conducive to the peace and tranquility of the border situation.”
Speaking at the launch of a programme called “Vibrant Villages” in Kibithoo, the border village of Arunachal Pradesh, Shah was quoted as saying by local media that the entire country could sleep peacefully in their homes thanks to the hard work of the security forces on India’s borders.
Border areas are the “first priority” of the Indian government, the home minister said.