India has not accepted China’s illegal invasion of its territory, nor has it accepted China’s unreasonable claims, the government stated on Thursday.
In response to questions about a Chinese town in Arunachal Pradesh, India’s minister of external affairs said it had taken note of a report from the US Defense Department that mentions Chinese construction operations along the India-China border areas.
“Government has always expressed strong opposition to such activities through diplomatic channels and will continue to do so in the future,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, adding, “Govt keeps constant watch on developments affecting India’s security and takes all necessary steps to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
China has been accused of conducting building activities along the border in recent years, especially in regions that Beijing has illegally held for decades, according to India.
According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, India is dedicated to improving livelihoods along border areas, especially in Arunachal Pradesh, through building infrastructure. He claimed that India has increased border infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges, providing much-needed connectivity to the local population along the border.
“China has developed a huge 100-home civilian hamlet inside disputed territory between the Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh,” according to the US Department of Defense in its yearly report to Congress on military developments involving China.
“The large 100-home civilian village” mentioned in the Pentagon report to the US Congress “has been built by China in an area that was occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after overrunning an Assam Rifles post in 1959, in an operation known as the Longju incident along the frontier in Arunachal Pradesh,” according to reports citing security sources.