PM Modi lays foundation stone for Arunachal airport, addresses Assam rally

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"Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India".

Beijing's position on the issue has been "consistent and clear", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Andhra Pradesh for the first time after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) broke out of an alliance with the BJP past year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched development projects here amid protests staged across Andhra Pradesh against his visit to the state.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated several projects and laid foundation stone of many vital schemes worth over Rs 4,000 crore for Arunachal Pradesh at a function in Itanagar. He said the PM's silence on the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal and reports on the possibility of India's biggest defence scam directly involving the PMO, speaks volumes about the BJP government's destructive decisions.

After two tense months, the troops from both countries withdrew and last April, Modi met with Xi Jinping in an effort to reset bilateral relations.

China's stance on the border issue is always clear and consistent and never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh".

The two leaders had met in the Chinese city of Wuhan for an informal summit in April previous year, where they had agreed to provide "strategic guidance" to their respective militaries to avoid the recurring of Doklam-like incidents. 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. "The clearance for Modi's visit was given by the special protection group on 8 February for the meeting titled "Praja Chaitanya Sabha", which will be held at the Etukuru bypass near Guntur city on Sunday", said the senior TDP leader quoted above.

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