Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

PM Modi launches developmental projects in Andhra Pradesh amid protests

PM Modi launches developmental projects in Andhra Pradesh amid protests

The Andhra Pradesh government has hired two special trains to ferry people to New Delhi for Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's protest against the Centre on February 11, officials said here on Saturday.

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement.

Despite recent efforts to improve bilateral ties in both countries, disputes over the mountainous Indo-China border - which triggered a war in 1962 - and the region that China claims as southern Tibet have remained a sensitive issue. "Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, just as they visit other parts of India", the MEA said in response to Beijing's objection.

Modi was in the state on Saturday as part of a two-day visit to the North East.

Modi laid the foundation stone for the Sela Tunnel Project which once completed will create a short cut below the formidable Sela Pass which is the gateway to Tawang. Rs 4,000 crore in the border state.

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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. At his Tripura rally, he also appreciated Biplab Deb and his work, representing BJP in the state as the chief minister.

Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met a number of times past year to give impetus to trade discussions.

"Our regular interactions have added significant strength to India-China ties", he had said. Chinese president Xi Jinping will visit India this year for the 2nd informal summit.

Despite positive public overtures from the Indian leadership, visits of Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh have continued to raise hackles in Beijing. Chinese forces had tried to build a road on the Doklam plateau in Bhutan in 2017 which was stopped by the Indian Army leading to a 2-month long standoff between the 2 countries.

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