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China objects to Rajnath tour of Arunachal
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China objects to Rajnath tour of Arunachal

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Beijing, Nov 15: China on Friday asked India to stop taking any actions that may complicate the boundary question between the two neighbours and take steps to safeguard peace in border areas.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks at a press briefing when asked to comment on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's tour to Arunachal Pradesh.

Singh visited Tawang on Thursday for the 'Maitree Diwas' celebrations to boost civil-military friendship in the region.

Geng said the Chinese government has never recognized Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to visits paid by Indian leaders or senior officials to this area.

"China urges the Indian side to respect China's interests and concerns, stop taking any actions that may complicate the boundary question and take concrete steps to safeguard peace in the boundary areas," Xinhua quoted Geng as saying.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.

The Chinese foreign ministry's reaction came three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil and stressed the importance of maintaining peace and security in the border areas and noted that the Special Representatives will have another meeting on matters relating to the boundary. (UNI)