India’s Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu, recently visited the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, interacting with students and talking to local leaders. Naidu also addressed the State Assembly.
India v China
With the latest round of military talks between the two countries breaking down, tensions are slowly rising again. Both countries blame the other, with India saying China’s excessive demands are what threw the talks this time.
India’s neighbour put out a statement after Naidu’s visit, calling Arunachal Pradesh a state established “unilaterally and illegally” by India. Zhao Lijian, the spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry said China “firmly opposes” the visit.
The Minister of External Affairs has retorted, calling Arunachal Pradesh “integral and inalienable part of India” and that a leader visiting an Indian state is hardly objectionable. This isn’t the first time China has raised issues with Arunachal. Beijing objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit in 2019, and Home Minister Amit Shah’s in 2020.
On the LAC issue, both sides have continued back and forth, with MEA spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, saying “the current situation has been caused by unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo.” The Chinese haven’t backed off either, with Zhao saying India should ”respect China’s major concerns” and that India must stop”taking action that would complicate the boundary issue.”
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