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China condemns Indian PM Modi’s visit to disputed region

China condemns Indian PM Modi’s visit to disputed region

"China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut", he added.

China on Saturday protested the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a contested region located on the border between the two countries.

India should "take into consideration the two countries' relations, respect Chinese interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations, and not take any actions that will complicate the border dispute", she said.

Beijing's position on the issue has been "consistent and clear", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Saturday.

The dispute remains unresolved, with India considering Arunachal Pradesh one of its northeastern states while China claims about 90,000 square kilometres of the territory.

Meanwhile the Ministry for External Affairs said in a statement, 'the State of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral & inalienable part of India.

The ambitious greenfield airport project in the state has been pending for several years due to controversies over site selection, they said.

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"Arunachal Pradesh is India's pride ... it is India's gateway", he said.

Inaugurating the Tezu airport in the Lohit district through remote, PM Modi said the airport will connect Guwahati, Jorhat and Hollongi.

He also dedicated new DD Channel for Arunachal Pradesh - DD Arun Prabha at IG Park, Itanagar & laid a foundation stone for a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote, Arunachal Pradesh.

The 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese armies on the Doklam Plateu at the tri-junction with Bhutan had seriously affected the bilateral ties, following which a series of high-level meetings between the political and military leaderships have been held in an effort to improve relations.

India-China ties have remained mired in mutual suspicion mainly due to an unsettled border, a legacy of their 1962 war that went badly for India.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping for the four times in 2018, starting with the informal summit in Wuhan in April.