'If Today I Change The Name Of Your House, Will It Become Mine?': EAM Jaishankar Responds To China's Claims On Arunachal Pradesh

'If Today I Change The Name Of Your House, Will It Become Mine?': EAM Jaishankar Responds To China's Claims On Arunachal Pradesh

The Ministry of External Affairs, in an official statement, noted that the people of Arunachal Pradesh will "continue to benefit" from India's development programmes and infrastructure projects.

ANIUpdated: Monday, April 01, 2024, 09:02 PM IST
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Taking a jibe at China over its claims on the state of Arunachal Pradesh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that changing names won't have any effect and the northeastern state was, is and will always be India's part.

Jaishankar was speaking at the Corporate Summit 2024, presented by the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Monday.

"If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine? Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always be a state of India. Changing names does not have an effect," he said.

"Our army is deployed at the Line of Actual Control...," EAM added.

China's claims over Arunachal Pradesh

Recently, China again came up with its claim over the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Terming the Indian State as "Zangan--an inherent part of China's territory," the Chinese Defence Ministry said that Beijing "never acknowledges and firmly opposes" the "so-called Arunachal Pradesh illegally established by India."

Following this, India once again rejected the "absurd claims" and "baseless arguments" while asserting that the northeastern state is an "integral and inalienable part of India." The Ministry of External Affairs, in an official statement, noted that the people of Arunachal Pradesh will "continue to benefit" from India's development programmes and infrastructure projects.

MEA's statement on China's comments

"We have noted the comments made by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Defence Ministry advancing absurd claims over the territory of the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh. Repeating baseless arguments in this regard does not lend such claims any validity," said the official spokesperson of MEA, Randhir Jaiswal.

"Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. Its people will continue to benefit from our development programmes and infrastructure projects," the statement added.

China's objections to Indian leaders' visit

China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, routinely objects to Indian leaders' visits to the state to highlight its claims. Beijing has also named the area 'Zangnan'.

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