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China rejects Indian opposition politician Modi’s expansionism charge

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:31 PM
Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, addresses his supporters during a rally at Jagraon in Ludhiana, in the northern Indian state of Punjab, on February 23, 2014.  China on Monday, February 24, 2014 rejected remarks by Mr Modi that it has an “expansionist mindset". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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