India has not accepted China's illegal occupation or unjustified claims: MEA on Pentagon report

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India keeps a constant watch on its security and takes necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity

Press Trust of India November 11, 2021 22:41:08 IST
India has not accepted China's illegal occupation or unjustified claims: MEA on Pentagon report

External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on its security. ANI

New Delhi: Days after a Pentagon report said Beijing built a large village in a disputed territory in the Arunachal Pradesh sector, India on Thursday said it has neither accepted any illegal occupation of its territory by China nor has it accepted unjustified Chinese claims.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on its security and takes all the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Bagchi said India has taken note of the US Department of Defence report to the US Congress.

"We have taken note of the US Department of Defence' report to US Congress which inter-alia also makes a reference to construction activities by Chinese side along the India-China border areas particularly in the Eastern sector," he said.

He said China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over the decades.

Bagchi was replying to a question on the matter.

"Reports had also appeared in the media earlier this year on this issue. As we had stated then China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over the decades," he said.

"India has neither accepted such illegal occupation of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims. The government has always conveyed its strong protest to such activities through diplomatic means and will continue to do so in the future," Bagchi said.

He said Indian has also 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," he said.

In its recent report, the US Department of Defence said China built a large 100-home civilian village inside disputed territory between its Tibet Autonomous Region and India's Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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