AGENCIES, Beijing: Coronavirus affected China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet, on Thursday “firmly opposed” Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the region. Shah was visiting the state on the occasion of statehood day. Unimpressed, China says India has violated Beijing’s “territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust”.
“China’s position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China’s Tibet region, is consistent and clear,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing.
At Itanagar , while addressing a gathering to mark the 34th foundation day of Arunachal Pradesh, Shah said that the Northeast was only geographically united with the rest of India before 2014 when Narendra Modi assumed office of the Prime Minister. Shah reaffirmed the government’s commitment to protect the unique culture of the Northeast. He said on Thursday that misinformation was being spread after abrogation of Article 370 that identical fate awaited Article 371 in the region.
“The real emotional integration of the region with the rest of the country happened only under the Modi government,” he said. Shah said,”Misinformation was spread after abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, that Article 371 will also be scrapped. It will never happen. Nobody has any such intention.”