Hours after China took an exception to Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying it violated Beijing's "territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust", the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the former's objection didn't stand to reason.
"India's consistent position that Arunachal its integral, inalienable part," the MEA said on Thursday.
Earlier, China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet, objected Shah's visit, saying it was "firmly opposed" to his trip as it violated Beijing's "territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust".
Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th Statehood Day function and launch a number of projects related to industry and roads, officials said.
China routinely objects to Indian leaders' visits to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its claims over it.
"China's position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China's Tibet region, is consistent and clear," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told an online media briefing on Thursday while replying to a question.
"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh' and is firmly opposed to the Indian politician's visit to the southern part of China's Tibet region as it violated China's territorial sovereignty, undermined stability of the border area, sabotaged political mutual trust, and violated relevant bilateral agreement," he said.
"The Chinese side urges the Indian side to stop taking any action that may further complicate the border issue and take concrete actions to uphold peace and tranquillity of the border area," he said.
The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet and the two countries have so far held 22 rounds of Special Representatives talks to resolve the border dispute.
On February 20, Arunachal Pradesh became full state from union territory.
(With PTI inputs)
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