China on Tuesday opposed Richard Verma, US ambassador to India’s visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. IE reported that Beijing lodged a protest through various diplomatics channels with the Indian government as well as US government over Verma’s visit. China also urged the US to stop interfering in the disputed land issue between India and China. China said that it “firmly opposed” the US envoy’s visit to the state.
Meanwhile, the Indian government said that there was nothing unusual about Richard Verma’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Vikas Swarup, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said that the US ambassador only visited a state which is integral to the country to which he is accredited. While responding to China’s remarks on the issue, he stressed that there was nothing unusual about it.
China has claimed time and again that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of southern Tibet and has repeatedly protested various visits by Indian leaders, even Buddhist monk Dalai Lama. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang released a statement in Beijing which said, “We have also noted that the place visited by the senior US diplomatic official is a disputed region between China and India. We are firmly opposed to his visit.” He further said that China’s stand on the eastern part of the India-China border has been very consistent and both the countries were resolving the issue through talks and negotiations. He further shamed the US and said that any third party with a sense of responsibility should respect the efforts made by both the countries.
Speaking of the US ‘interference’, he said that such behaviour only complicates the disputes and disturbs the peace and tranquillity across the border regions. He urged the US to stop interfering in the border issue and make its contribution to regional peace and stability.