Union home minister Amit Shah being welcomed upon his arrival in Itanagar on Thursday. Image credit: India Today

China on Thursday objected union home minister Amit Shah’s Arunachal Pradesh visit.

The union minister was in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th Statehood Day celebrations of the state.

China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of South Tibet, said, “Amit Shah’s visit to the state violated Beijing’s territorial sovereignty. The visit sabotages the political mutual trust.”

This is not for the first time that China has objected the visit of an Indian politician to the state.

Objecting the visit, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Country’s position regarding Arunachal Pradesh, which according to them is South Tibet, is consistent and clear.

“The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh,” India Today reported quoting Shuang.

He further said that the Chinese government firmly opposed Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which they claim as the southern part of China’s Tibet region.

Shuang added that Shah’s visit violated China’s territorial sovereignty, undermined the stability of the border area, apart from sabotaging political mutual trust.

“Shah’s visit violated the relevant bilateral agreement,” Shuang further added.

“The Chinese side urges the Indian side to stop taking any action that may further complicate the border issue and take concrete actions to uphold peace and tranquillity of the border area,” the India Today report further said.

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