Despite India ousting, China restates its claim on Arunachal

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Despite India ousting, China restates its claim on Arunachal

Guwahati: China continues to assert its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, maintaining that the region is part of its territory, despite India labeling the claim as “absurd” and “ludicrous.”

According to the PTI, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lin Jian on Monday reiterated China’s position in response to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent remarks.

Jaishankar had dismissed China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh as “ludicrous” during a lecture at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS)

Lin emphasised that the border between India and China remains unsettled and reiterated China’s stance that Arunachal Pradesh, referred to as Zangnan by China, was always part of Chinese territory before being “illegally occupied” by India.

Lin further claimed that China has effectively administered the region and criticised India for establishing the “so-called Arunachal Pradesh” in 1987 on what China considers as illegally occupied territory.

This is the fourth time that China has vocalized its claim over Arunachal Pradesh.

As per the report, Beijing had said that it has lodged a diplomatic protest with India over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh on March 9 reiterating its claim over the area.

China, which refers to Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, routinely objects to the Indian leaders’ visits to the state to highlight its claims.

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