Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ignored Chinese warning against his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which is being claimed by China as part of its territory. He has launched several developmental activities.
On the other hand, India reacted sharply to China Foreign Ministry’s statement on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Reports said that China’s Foreign Ministry had condemned PM Modi’s visit to Arunachal and claimed that it “resolutely” opposed activities of Indian leaders in the region.
In response, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said, “The state of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral & inalienable part of India. Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India. This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions.”
“China urges the Indian side to proceed from the overall situation of bilateral relations, respect China’s interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations between the two countries, and refrain from any actions that intensify disputes and complicate the border issue,” a statement by China’s foreign ministry reportedly said.
China’s reaction assumes significance in the light of how both the countries have been working on rebuilding their ties ever since the Doklam standoff of 2017.
Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for the Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh. The Project costing Rs. 687 crore being constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) would be completed in the next three years. It covers a total distance of 12.04 kms which consist of two tunnels of 1790 and 475 meters.
Once completed this would result in all-weather connectivity to Tawang and forward areas. It reduces more than one hour of travelling time from Tezpur to Tawang. Travellers would be able to avoid the dangerous snow covered Sela top at a height of 13,700 feet.
All weather connectivity to Tawang would be a game changer for the local population ahead of Sela apart from the much-required strategic edge for our security forces.