China urges India to respect China’s interests and concerns

Beijing: A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang urged the Indian side to stop taking any actions that may complicate the boundary question between the two sides and take steps to safeguard peace in border areas.

Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks at a press briefing on Friday when asked to comment on Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent tour to the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh.” Geng said the Chinese government has never recognized the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to visits paid by Indian leaders or senior officials to this area. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited Tawang on Thursday for the ‘Maitree Diwas’ celebrations to boost ‘civil-military friendship’ in the region bordering China.

China urges the Indian side to respect China’s interests and concerns, stop taking any actions that may complicate the boundary question and take concrete steps to safeguard peace in the boundary areas, Geng said.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet and continuously objects to Indian leaders’ visits to Arunachal Pradesh, the two countries have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute covering 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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