Arunachal Pradesh firmly part of India, Chief Minister asserts amidst China’s claims

Chief Minister Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh emphasized the state’s unequivocal affiliation with India, dismissing China’s territorial assertions. Amid China’s recent renaming of the region as Zangnan, Khandu highlighted that Arunachal Pradesh has no historical connection with China. He challenged China’s attempts to redraw maps, stating that these claims hold no historical basis. Khandu underscored that the Ministry of External Affairs is handling these issues effectively.

Referring to the border situation, Khandu recalled China’s intrusion attempts in Tawang last year, emphasizing India’s resilient stance. He mentioned the bolstered presence of Indian forces along the Line of Actual Control, including strategic infrastructure developments like the upcoming Sela Pass tunnel, enhancing troop mobility.

Khandu criticized China’s denial of visas to Arunachal Pradesh’s Wushu players for the Asian Games, vowing state support. He revealed a policy offering financial compensation to athletes hindered by such issues and affirmed that the government would ensure rigorous training for future international events.

Additionally, Khandu promoted Arunachal Pradesh’s tourism potential, highlighting its pristine environment, rich biodiversity, and adventure sports opportunities. He welcomed tourists to explore the state’s natural beauty and assured ongoing development, supported by the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.