India has not accepted China’s illegal occupation or unjustified claims: MEA
India keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on its security, the MEA Spokesperson said
India on Thursday categorically said that it has neither accepted illegal occupations of its territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims.
“China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas, including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over decades. India has neither accepted such illegal occupations of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims,” Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi said in a weekly briefing.
“India has always conveyed its strong protest to such activities through diplomatic means and will continue to do so in the future,” MEA Spokesperson added.
He was responding to a question on Pentagon’s report that had claimed that China has built a village along the Line of Actual Control in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.
“We have taken note of the US Department of Defence report to the US Congress which inter alia also makes reference to construction activities by the Chinese side along the India-China border areas, particularly in the eastern Sector,” Bagchi stated.
He noted that reports had also appeared in the media earlier this year on this issue.
“Further as conveyed earlier, the government has stepped up border infrastructure including the construction of roads and bridges which has provided much needed connectivity to the local populations along the border,” the MEA Spokesperson said.
He maintained that India remains committed to the objective of building infrastructure along the border areas for the improvement of livelihood of its citizens including in Arunachal Pradesh
India keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on its security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the MEA Spokesperson assured.