China protests visit by India's Modi to disputed border area

Narendra Modi arrives to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi

China protests visit by India's Modi to disputed border area

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally at Guntur on February 10 in his first visit to Andhra Pradesh after the ruling TDP severed its ties with the BJP, even as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked his party cadre to observe protest day across the state.

The Indian goverment must bear in mind the common interests of the two countries and cherish the momentum of improvement in bilateral ties and refrain from any action that may lead to an escalation of disputes or complicate the border issue, Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying.

"He wanted to make Andhra a sun-rise state but is busy in son-rise by promoting his son", said Modi, who was on his first visit to Andhra after the TDP pulled out of his government previous year, accusing the Prime Minister of not fulfilling the promises of Special Category Status and other commitments made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014.

"China's position on the China-India border issue is consistent and clear-cut", said Hua, adding that the Chinese government has never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh, Xinhua reported. This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions".

Apart from this he will also inaugurate ONGC projects located in the Krishna-Godavari Offshore Basin and will lay the foundation stone for setting up a new terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Krishnapatnam. She was responding to a query of a journalist on PM Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. This will be built at a cost of Rs 2,280 crore, according to BJP MP G V L Narasimha Rao. At his Tripura rally, he also appreciated Biplab Deb and his work, representing BJP in the state as the chief minister. Chinese president Xi Jinping will visit India this year for the 2nd informal summit. The prime minister also dedicated to the nation the 110 MW Pare Hydroelectric Plant and laid the foundation stone for a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote.

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