China rejects Indian opposition politician Modi’s expansionism charge
BEIJING (AFP) - China on Monday rejected remarks by Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi that it has an “expansionist mindset", saying it has never grabbed the territory of another nation.
“I believe all of you can see that China has never waged a war of aggression to occupy any inch of land of other countries,” foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.
Mr Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and favourite to win this year’s polls, was speaking during an election rally on Saturday.
He warned China to shed its “expansionist mindset” as he toured the remote northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, an eastern stretch of the Himalayas that China claims as its own.