TAWANG, September 29: According to Chief Minister Pema Khandu, China has no claim to Arunachal Pradesh because the state has always been a part of India.
Referring to the recent rejection of ordinary visas to three Arunachal Pradesh Wushu players for the Asian Games in Hangzhou, he stated that China “unnecessarily” attempts to introduce a “political angle” anytime there is a problem with the border state.
“China has made no claim to Arunachal Pradesh.” Arunachal Pradesh has never been a part of China. “It has always been a part of India,” he stated on the sidelines of the 36th senior national tug of war championship 2023, which kicked off here.
The three Arunachal Pradesh Wushu players were chosen to represent India in the ongoing Asian Games, but China denied them visas, forcing them to postpone their trip.
According to Khandu, China has even given Arunachal Pradesh a new name and produced a new map, but the country has no locus standi on it.
“Such a claim has no meaning,” he added, adding that the case has been handled by the Ministry of External Affairs because it is the competent body.
In reference to the three Wushu players, the chief minister stated that the state government has given each of them Rs 20 lakh as part of a strategy to honor anyone from Arunachal Pradesh who competes in international events.
“Since they were selected for the Asian Games and could not go for no fault of theirs, we have decided to give them the money,” he stated.
Khandu stated that the state government will provide the greatest training for the three players in preparation for the 2026 Asian Games, which will be hosted in Japan, so that they can bring home medals.
In welcoming the participants in the national tug of war competition, he stated that Arunachal Pradesh is rich in biodiversity, with forests covering 80% of the land area.
“It is a very beautiful state with clean air and tourists are most welcome to the state,” remarked the governor.
The chief minister further stated that it is a desirable location for adventure tourism such as river rafting.