New Delhi, March 23 -- External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Saturday rejected China's oft-repeated claim over Arunachal Pradesh days after Bejing made certain critical comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the northeastern state as "Ludicrous''.

He maintained that Arunachal Pradesh is part of India and not because some other country says it is part of India.

He made the comments in response to a question at an event in Singapore where he is on a three-day visit.

"India has been clear and consistent on the matter. This is not a new issue and China has laid claims earlier also and has expanded its claims," Dr Jaishankar said.

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