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India bluntly: never accepted China’s illegal occupation, nor did Dragon’s unjustified claims

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Amidst the border dispute with China, India said that it has never accepted China’s illegal occupation of its land, nor accepted any unjustified Chinese claims. In a report by the US Department of Defense, Pentagon, India has said this in its first official reaction after China was asked to build a large village in a disputed area along the Line of Actual Control in the Arunachal Pradesh sector. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India continues to monitor all developments affecting its security and takes all necessary steps to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Bagchi gave this information while answering a question on the Pentagon report in the press conference. He said that India has also accelerated the development of infrastructure, including the construction of roads and bridges in the border areas with China. Bagchi said, “We have taken note of the report of the US Department of Defense submitted to the US Parliament, which also makes reference to construction activities by the Chinese side in the India-China border areas, especially in the eastern sector.” He said that earlier this year also there were reports in the media on this issue.

“As we said at the time, China has carried out construction activities over the years in border areas, including areas that were illegally occupied decades ago,” he said. Bagchi said, “India has never accepted such illegal occupation of its land nor has it accepted China’s unjustified claims.” The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that the government has always conveyed its strong opposition to such activities to China through diplomatic channels and will continue to do so in future also. The infrastructure has been strengthened along the border, including the construction of a road network, which has provided much needed connectivity to the local population along the border.

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“The government is committed to the goal of creating infrastructure in the border areas to improve the livelihood of its citizens, including in Arunachal Pradesh,” Bagchi said. He said, “The government constantly monitors all developments affecting India’s security and takes all necessary steps to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.” It is noteworthy that the US Defense Department said in a recent report. It is learned that China has built a large village with 100 houses for the common people in the disputed area between Arunachal Pradesh of India in the eastern sector of the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Security establishment sources said on Tuesday that the village along the disputed border in Upper Subansiri district was an area that the People’s Liberation Army had established control after it captured an Assam Rifles post in 1959. After the East Ladakh standoff last year, India has increased its entire military preparedness along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh.

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