USA supports India in Arunachal Pradesh row

March 21, 2024 19:31
USA supports India in Arunachal Pradesh row

USA supports India in Arunachal Pradesh row:- A US official has stated that the United States recognizes Arunachal Pradesh as part of India, in response to China's assertion that the state belongs to them. The US official also strongly opposes any actions that attempt to assert territorial claims across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). During a press briefing, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, Vedant Patel, emphasized that the US does not support any unilateral efforts, whether military or civilian, to advance territorial claims by encroaching on the LAC. The US official's statement was made in direct response to China's Defence Ministry spokesperson, who had stated that China does not acknowledge and firmly opposes India's establishment of Arunachal Pradesh. In reply, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, dismissed China's claim as absurd and reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will continue to be an integral and inalienable part of India. Jaiswal emphasized that repeating baseless arguments does not give them any credibility, and reaffirmed India's position on the matter.

"By participating in our development programs and infrastructure projects, they can reap the benefits," he stated. In a recent incident, Beijing filed a complaint against New Delhi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to Arunachal Pradesh, where he unveiled the Sela tunnel. This tunnel, the longest of its kind in the world, guarantees all-weather connectivity to Tawang, a region that borders China in the north. Constructed at a cost of Rs 825 crore, the tunnel will facilitate the movement of troops and weaponry to strategic locations along the LAC. China, however, made it clear that they have never recognized the "so-called Arunachal Pradesh" that India has established and strongly opposes it.

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