India rebuffs Beijing's objection to US envoy's visit to Arunachal Pradesh?

Women perform a traditional dance during the final day of the three-day Tawang festival in Tawang, near the Indo-China border in north eastern Arunachal Pradesh state, on October 23, 2016. Photograph:( AFP )

Arunachal Pradesh, India Oct 24, 2016, 04.55 PM (IST)

Asserting that the eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh is an 'integral part' of India, Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson today rebuffed China for objecting to US Ambassador Richard Verma's recent visit to the state, Indian news agency PTI reported.


"The US Ambassador visited Arunachal Pradesh, a state which is an integral part of the country to which he is accredited. There is nothing unusual in it," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here.


A day after the US envoy in India visited Arunachal Pradesh (which Beijing claims as southern Tibet), China today warned the US that any interference by it in the Sino-India boundary dispute will make it "more complicated" and "disturb" hard-won peace at the border.


Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang also asked the US to desist from interfering in the India-China border dispute while referring to Verma's October 22 tour to Tawang at the invitation of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.


"We have also noted that the place visited by senior US diplomatic official is a disputed region between China and India. We are firmly opposed to his visit," he said.


China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area. 


(WION with inputs from agencies)