According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), China has been illegally occupying the Pangong Tso region of Eastern Ladakh for over 60 years now. Damien Symon, a geo-intelligence expert, has assessed an image of the construction of a bridge across the Pangong lake by China. Few experts claim that the bridge is being constructed on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The bridge's goal is to connect the North and South banks, reducing travel time and making it easier to move troops and equipment between the two sides.
The Central government made a statement on Thursday ensuring the close monitoring of this activity. As MEA spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, said, "As you are well aware, India has never accepted such illegal occupation and the government has been taking all necessary steps to ensure our security interests are fully protected." For the development of border infrastructure, there has been an increase in funding rates to provide better logistical support for our armed forces. The reports of the Chinese soldiers hoisting the flag in the Galway Valley are claimed to be falsely incorrect, according to MEA. Earlier, the Chinese state media showed videos of its soldiers hoisting the flag at an unknown place and claiming to be in the Galway Valley.
Mr. Bagchi retaliated to this news by stating, "Media houses in India have released pictures contradicting the claim."
He further threw light on some contentious issues, like renaming the parts of Arunachal Pradesh controlled by China. Such antics should be avoided, and instead, Beijing should constructively work with India to resolve the friction points in Eastern Ladakh. He further described this activity as a "ridiculous exercise" to support "untenable territorial" claims.
"Calling Tuting as DouDeng or River Siyom as XiYueMu or even Kibithu as Daba does not change the fact that Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will always remain an inevitable part of India," said the MEA spokesperson. On the contrary, Beijing claims this act is an infrastructure construction to safeguard China’s territorial sovereignty. Without mentioning the Pangong Tso bridge, China’s Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, when asked to react to Bagchi’s remarks, says, "I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned."
A letter had been sent to the Indian participants by the Chinese Embassy regarding the planned meeting on December 22, 2021, to mark the successful revival of the All-Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APIPFT) that had been disused for several years. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, the Indian minister of state for electronics and information technology, had met with the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, and other Tibetan lawmakers.
According to the Indian Express, the letter by the Chinese Embassy political counsellor, Zhou Yongsheng, states, "I have noticed that you have attended an activity held by the so-called All-Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet and interacted with some members of the so-called Tibetan Parliament in Exile. I would like to express our concern about that." The tone and tenure of this letter were believed to be inappropriate, as stated by Mr. Bagchi. The Chinese side should note that India is a vibrant democracy and as MPs, who are the representatives of the people, undertake activities as per their views and beliefs. He added that China should "refrain from hyping normal activities by Hon’ble MPs and complicate further the situation in our bilateral relations." On January 7, Congress member Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "What has been happening on our borders is a major lapse in national security." Will the PM ever talk about it? "
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