PM Modi’s Arunachal visit will escalate border tension: China

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Beijing: China on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh will ‘escalate’ and ‘complicate’ border dispute between two countries.

Modi on Saturday inaugurated several developmental projects during his one-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own and dubs as South Tibet.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said such actions hurt the progress made by both sides, especially after the path breaking meet between Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan last year.

Beijing said it resents visits by Indian leaders and foreign dignitaries to Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s northeast at the heart of Sino-Indian border dispute.

In 2017, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh infuriated China, prompting it to rename some towns in the Indian state.

China and India have a 3,444-km long boundary dispute and both countries have fought a brief but bloody war in 1962.

Military of both the countries almost came to blows in 2017 over building of a road by the Chinese at Doklam.

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