New Delhi: The Ministry Of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday, May 19, said it was monitoring the situation in eastern Ladakh after reports claimed that China was constructing a second bridge around the strategically key Pangong Tso lake.
“We have seen reports on this bridge or a second bridge… we are monitoring the situation. Of course, we always felt it was occupied… Talks on with the Chinese side,” Bagchi said while addressing a press conference on Thursday.
#WATCH | We have seen reports on this bridge or a second bridge… we are monitoring the situation. Of course, we always felt it was occupied…Talks on with the Chinese side: MEA spox Arindam Bagchi on reports of another bridge at Pangong Lake pic.twitter.com/h3LcE0astU
— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2022
On ties with China, he said the two nations continue to remain engaged militarily and diplomatically.
Bagchi said India always felt that the area that is referred to in the reports is under the occupation of the Chinese side for decades.
Bagchi also said that India had various rounds of conversations with the Chinese side at the diplomatic and military levels and will continue to remain engaged.
“You are also aware that Foreign Minister Wang Yi was here in March this year and the external affairs minister conveyed our expectations to him,” he said.
“And the external affairs minister had said talking to the media subsequently then that the friction and tensions that arise from China’s deployments since April 2020 cannot be reconciled with a normal relationship between two neighbours,” Bagchi said.
“So we will continue to remain engaged with the Chinese side, both at diplomatic and the military levels to ensure that the directions given by the two ministers are implemented fully,” he added.