India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday responded to Chinese objection to her visiting to Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh saying Arunachal Pradesh is part of Indian territory and the opinion of others on the issue does not matter.
On 6 November, China had objected to her visit saying that it was not conducive to peace and tranquility to visit in the “disputed region”.
When specifically asked about China’s objection, Sitharaman said, “What is the problem? There is no problem here. It is our territory, we will go there. We are not concerned with someone else’s opinion on this”.
Sitharaman had visited forward army posts in Anjaw district bordering China on 5 November. The minister was briefed on the situation and defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control.
India on Thursday had rejected China’s objections asserting that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country. “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and Indian leaders have that much freedom to visit Arunachal as they have in visiting other states in the country,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also said that the Defence Minister’s visit has boosted the morale of the soldiers.