China on Monday objected to President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, by saying that India should refrain from "complicating" the border dispute when bilateral relations are at a "crucial moment". President Kovind visited Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday.
When questioned about President Kovinds visit to Arunachal Pradesh Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said,
"The Chinese government never acknowledged the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and our position on the border issue is consistent and clear,"
China routinely objects to any senior Indian officials' visit to the area. On November 6, China had raised an objection to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 km. India has dismissed Beijing's objections, maintaining that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country and Indian leaders are as much free to visit the state as they are to any other part of the country.
(With inputs from PTI)