China reacted guardedly to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra
Modi's accusation in February, 2014 that it had expansionist mindset.
As India's general elections began on Monday from the northeastern
states, Chinese official media described the remote region as the most
"neglected" area in the country.
"India's northeastern states —
which also include Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland are said to
be the country's most neglected region," state-run Xinhua news agency
said in its report on the commencement of polls in India.
There was no mention of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as southern Tibet.
Earlier, China reacted guardedly to BJP prime ministerial candidate
Narendra Modi's accusation in February that it had expansionist mindset.
Modi had also asserted that Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of
India and will remain so.
Though Modi's comments came up for
mild criticism from Chinese media, analysts here view him favourable as
he visited Beijing twice as Gujarat chief minister and Gujarat has
received maximum Chinese investments in India.