Speaking on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reiterated Beijing’s position on the Indian province of Arunachal Pradesh, stating China has never recognized the unilaterally and illegally established territory.
The spokesman said China firmly opposed Indian leaders’ visits to the region, referencing Naidu’s trip to the mountainous region that borders China.
“China urges India to truly respect China’s major concerns, stop taking any actions that complicate and expand border issues, refrain from doing things that undermine mutual trust and bilateral relations between the two sides,” Zhao stated.
He added that India should take concrete actions to ensure the maintenance of peace and stability on the shared border.
The spokesman called on New Delhi to bring relations between the two Asian powers back on track and promote stable development.
According to Indian media, Naidu visited Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, over the weekend. He stayed in the frontier state for three days, visiting cities in the region before leaving on Sunday. He also addressed a special session of the province’s legislative assembly on Saturday.
China considers Arunachal Pradesh to be part of its South Tibet, which is rejected by India.
Reports also suggest Indian and Chinese border troops clashed last week along the Line of Actual Control. Soldiers came face-to-face near Tawang, leading to a minor altercation. No damages or injuries were reported.
Troops from the two nations have clashed on multiple occasions throughout the past 18 months with casualties being reported on both sides. The skirmishes have frequently taken place along the border between India’s Ladakh and Chinese Tibet.
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