POST TIME: 16 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
China slams India PM trip to disputed region

China slams India PM trip
to disputed region

BEIJING: Beijing will lodge a “stern” protest with New Delhi over a trip by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed area, an official said yesterday, months after the nuclear-armed neighbours ended a tense border standoff, reports AFP. Modi paid a low-key visit to the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, where he inaugurated a local convention centre, but the trip was quickly criticised by China, which also claims the area. “The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the disputed area,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang. “We will lodge stern representations with the Indian side.”