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Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India-US

'Recognise Arunachal Pradesh As Indian Territory': US On China's Claim


In the latest diplomatic stance, the United States has thrown its support behind India, reaffirming Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory while strongly opposing any attempts to assert territorial claims across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). This declaration comes in response to recent assertions by the Chinese military regarding its claim over the northeastern state, following a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Zhang Xiaogang reiterated China’s stance, asserting that the southern part of Xizang (Tibet) belongs to China and dismissing Arunachal Pradesh as an “illegally established” entity by India. This rhetoric from Beijing is not new, as China consistently challenges Indian leaders’ visits to the region and even assigns its own names, such as Zangnan, to the disputed area.

US says Arunachal Pradesh is part of India, amid Indo-China tensions

The recent tension over Arunachal Pradesh escalated after Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Sela Tunnel on March 9, which promises all-weather connectivity to Tawang and enhances troop movement along the frontier.

In response to queries during a daily press briefing, State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel emphasized the United States’ stance, asserting Arunachal Pradesh’s status as Indian territory and condemning any unilateral attempts to alter territorial claims through military or civilian actions across the LAC.

India has firmly rejected China’s territorial assertions, maintaining that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of its sovereign territory. The Ministry of External Affairs reiterated this stance, dismissing China’s recent comments as baseless and reaffirming Arunachal Pradesh’s status as an integral and inseparable part of India.

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