China protests PM Modi's visit to disputed border region

China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.

Reuters| Updated: Feb 20, 2015, 23:17 PM IST

Shanghai: China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.

China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly occupied by Chinese forces during a 1962 war.

"The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called `Arunachal Pradesh`," a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry`s website said on Friday.

It said Modi`s visit was "not conducive to the overall development of bilateral relations".

Modi visited Arunachal Pradesh on Friday to inaugurate the opening of a train line and power station.

In January, China objected to statements by Japan`s foreign ministry supporting India`s claim to the region.

A visit by U.S. president Barack Obama to India in January was widely seen as a sign Modi is moving closer to the United States to offset rising Chinese influence in Asia and in particular intensifying activity by the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean.