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MEA on ‘constant watch’ as China constructs a new village in Arunachal Pradesh

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As reports of Chinese construction activities along the boarder of Arunachal Pradesh make round, the Ministry of External Affairs, on Monday, claimed that Indian government is keeping constant watch on all the developments that could have a bearing on its security.

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“We have seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along the border areas with India. China has undertaken such infrastructure construction activity in the past several years,” the ministry said in its official statement.

According to a media report referring to satellite images, China has constructed a new village, consisting of 101 homes, along Line of Actual Control, the defect boundary between India and China, in Arunachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, responding to the reports, the MEA said that government is constantly monitoring all such developments and would take necessary measures to safeguard country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The ministry further added that the government is committed to the objective of creating infrastructure along the border areas for the improvement of livelihood of its citizens, including in Arunachal Pradesh.

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“In response, we have 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 ministry further stated.

Meanwhile, Indian and Chinese troops are still locked in a bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5 as multiple rounds of military and diplomatic talks seems to have not produced any breakthrough between the two countries yet. China, However, has purportedly withdrew 10,000 troops from the depth areas adjacent to the LAC.

To note, Chinese authorities have been constructing infra along all borders for over two decades, wherein India started developing the much needed infra only after BJP-NDA government led by Modi.

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