Rattled by the inauguration of 44 bridges in border areas that will ease military movement, China has condemned the move. It has claimed that the Union Territory of Ladakh was illegally established by India.
The statement once again reiterates China’s assertion that Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh are not part of India. Zhao Lijian, the spokesperson of China’s foreign ministry, has said that both sides should refrain from taking actions that could escalate the face-off between the two nations.
What did China say?
Zhao Lijian, in a statement, said: “First, I want to make it clear, China doesn’t recognize Ladakh Union Territory, illegally established by India and also Arunachal Pradesh. China stands against the development of infrastructure facilities aimed at military contention along the border area. Based on the two sides’ consensus, neither should take action that might escalate the situation. That could also undermine efforts to ease the situation.”
Lijian claimed that India’s infrastructure work along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was the reason behind the dispute between the two countries.
“For some time, the Indian side has been ramping up infrastructure development along the border and stepping up military deployment, that is the root cause of the tension between the two sides. China asks the Indian side to earnestly implement the consensus between the two sides and refrain from taking actions that might escalate the situation and take concrete measures to safeguard peace and tranquillity along the border,” he added.
China’s statement comes amid talks with India
China’s statement also comes a day after Indian and Chinese delegations held the seventh round of Corps Commander-level talks in Chushul in Ladakh.
In a departure from its aggressive stance on Ladakh and Arunachal, China released a statement saying that the latest round of talks with India was positive and constructive.
According to the joint press statement issued by Beijing, “the two sides had a sincere and in-depth exchange of views and enhanced understanding of each other’s positions on the disengagement of their front-line troops along the area of Line of Actual Control in the western sector of the India-China border”.
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