China objects to Modi visit to Arunachal, says it is part of south Tibet

Expansionist China on Thursday objected to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the nation’s north-easternmost state Arunachal Pradesh by claiming that it is part of south Tibet. China said it will lodge a diplomatic protest with India. Modi had gone to Arunachal to inaugurate three projects. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Beijing has never recognised Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to Modi’s visit to the disputed area, Xinhua news agency reported. Geng urged India to cherish the hard-won momentum of improvements in bilateral relations and create conditions for boundary talks. Addressing a public rally at the Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar, Modi said on Thursday that a weekly train called Arunachakly Naharlagun-New Delhi Express will run twice a week and will be called the Arunachal Pradesh Express. Accusing the Congress-led previous government of neglecting the North East, Modi said his government has given priority to the region. Ministers and senior officials will be regularly visiting the state, he said.