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China objects to Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal military posts

06 Nov 2017 | By NewsBytes Staff
Nirmala Sitharaman's visits Arunachal Pradesh, China objects

Beijing has objected to Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims is Southern Tibet, a Chinese territory.

The Chinese foreign ministry said, "there was a dispute in the eastern section of the India-China border," referring to her visit.

On Sunday, Sitharaman had visited forward army posts in Arunachal Pradesh's remote Anjaw district bordering China to take stock of defense preparedness.

In context: Nirmala Sitharaman's visits Arunachal Pradesh, China objects

31 Oct 2017Xi asks Tibetan herders along Arunachal border to safeguard territory

On October 31, it was reported that President Xi Jinping has told herdsmen from a Tibetan settlement bordering Arunachal Pradesh to "set down roots" and protect China's territorial integrity.

"Without peace in the territory, there will be no peaceful life for millions of families," he wrote in a letter to two young herders.

China may resort to border voluntarism for its border strategy.

06 Nov 2017China objects to Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal military posts

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Sitharaman's visit to army posts in Arunachal Pradesh

DetailsSitharaman praises Indian troops for resilience

Sitharaman was accompanied by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna and other senior Army officers in what was her maiden visit to the state.

At the forward army posts at Kibithu in Anjaw district, she praised Indian jawans for their dedication and resilience for protecting such a remote and inhospitable region.

She also visited the strategic Chabua air force base.