China has objected to visit of Indian Defence Minister A K Antony to Arunachal Pradesh to participate 25th statehood day celebration on 20th February 2012. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Saturday evening that India should refrain from taking any action that could complicate the border issue.
The official Xinhua news agency said Hong was reacting to reports of “Indian officials participating in activities organized by the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ region”. Indian officials. Hong asked India to work with China to maintain peace and stability in border areas. China advocates seeking a fair and rational solution through equal and friendly negotiations, the spokesman said.
China routinely objects to visit of Arunachal Pradesh by any ministers or dignitaries from New Delhi. Previously, It had also objected to visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be its own and calls it South Tibet or Zangnan.
China and India went to war over order disputes in 1962 and China inflicted defeat on India. They almost captured whole of Arunachal Pradesh, but later withdrawn.
China also routinely refuse to give VISA to any person from Arunachal Pradesh.