It was revealed from a report that China is building a bridge on the LAC near Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that the bridge is being built in areas which have been under illegal Chinese occupation for almost 60 years and India has never accepted such illegal occupation. India has also criticized the letter written by the Chinese embassy to the parliamentarians.
New Delhi: India on Thursday said that a bridge is being built by China in the Pangong Lake area of eastern Ladakh in an area which has been under Chinese illegal occupation for almost 60 years and such illegal occupation has never been accepted.
A report this week quoted unnamed officials as saying that new satellite images showed China was building a bridge over Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also criticized China’s move to re-name some places in Arunachal Pradesh in a weekly press briefing.
Bagchi said India had categorically rejected China’s move to rename 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh as ridiculous.
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that calling Tuting as Doudeng, Siom river as Xiumu or Kibithu as Daba does not change the fact that Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will be an integral part of India.
He said that instead of taking such actions, China should work constructively with India to resolve the pending matters related to the conflict areas in eastern Ladakh.
Regarding the bridge construction in Pangong Lake area, Bagchi said that the government is closely monitoring this activity (of China).
He said, ‘The bridge is being built in those areas which have been under illegal Chinese occupation for almost 60 years. You know that India has never accepted such illegal occupation.
The spokesperson said that India is taking all necessary steps to ensure its security interests.
“The government is taking all necessary steps to ensure that our security interests are fully protected,” he said. As part of these efforts, the government has significantly increased the budget for the development of border infrastructure during the last seven years. With this, the construction of more roads and bridges has been completed than before.
He said that this has provided much-needed connectivity to the local population, as well as logistical facilities to the armed forces. The government is committed for this purpose.
There has been a military standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh since May 2020. Pangong Lake is one of the major points where the skirmish took place between the two sides.
India on Thursday refrained from exaggerating the normal activities of lawmakers from the neighboring country’s missions, nearly a week after the Chinese embassy wrote a letter to Indian lawmakers attending an event hosted by the parliament in exile in Tibet. Said to
The Chinese embassy, in a letter to some MPs belonging to the All India Parliamentary Forum for Tibet, expressed concern over his presence at the ceremony and asked them not to extend support for Tibet.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in the weekly press briefing, ‘We have seen the news related to the letter written by the consular of the Chinese Embassy to the respected parliamentarians regarding participation in the ceremony.’
Responding to a media query on this, Bagchi said that the tone and essence of writing this letter was inappropriate. The Chinese side should note that India is a vibrant democracy and the honorable parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, participated in activities in line with their views and beliefs.
The spokesman said that we hope that the Chinese side will refrain from exaggerating the normal activities of the parliamentarians and will avoid further complicating our bilateral relations.
It is known that last week the Chinese embassy sent a letter to the Indian parliamentarians. In fact, this letter was written expressing displeasure at the Indian MPs who attended the meeting held on 22 December regarding the revival of the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APIPFT).
Several Indian parliamentarians, including Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajiv Chandrasekhar, met Tibetan MP in exile, Khenpo Sonam Tenfel and other Tibetan parliamentarians.
Zhao Yongesheng, political adviser to the Chinese embassy, wrote in this letter, ‘I have seen that you interacted with the so-called government-in-exile of Tibet at an event of the so-called All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet. I would like to express my concern on this issue.
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