China undertakes development work alongside border areas with India, MEA responds

Reacting to studies of China endeavor development work alongside the border areas with India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday acknowledged that the government “keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

An MEA official mentioned, “We have seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along the border areas with India.” He mentioned that China has undertaken such infrastructure development exercise previously a number of years.

“In response, our government too has stepped up border infrastructure including the construction of roads, bridges etc, which has provided much needed connectivity to the local population along the border. The Government remains committed to the objective of creating infrastructure along the border areas for the improvement of livelihood of its citizens, including in Arunachal Pradesh,” acknowledged the official.

“Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

This growth comes after the White House, on January 14, launched a declassified doc which asserted that India maintains the capability to counter border provocations by China. Running into 10 pages, the doc was declassified partially by US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and has been posted on the White House web site.

The doc mentioned, “India maintains the capacity to counter border provocations by China,” including “India remains preeminent in South Asia and takes the leading role in maintaining Indian Ocean security, increases engagement with Southeast Asia, and expands its economic, defence, and diplomatic cooperation with other US allies and partners in the region.”

“A strong India, in cooperation with like-minded countries, would act as a counterbalance to China,” it additional added.

India and China have been locked in a navy standoff, which started in May 2020, alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC), when China raised objections in the direction of the development of the street within the Galwan Valley of Aksai Chin in Ladakh.

On May 5, a violent skirmish broke out between the Indian Army and Chinese troops. After this, Chinese troopers additionally clashed with Indian troopers at Nathu La in Sikkim on 9 May, in which many troopers had been injured.

On June 15, there was a conflict between India and Chinese troopers within the Galwan Valley of Ladakh, in which 20 Indian troopers had been killed. Many stage talks have been held between India and China, however no resolution has been discovered on the impasse.

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