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India carefully monitors developments along China border: MEA

A US General said China's defence infrastructure near India border is “alarming”

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi | Twitter / ANI MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi | Twitter / ANI

A day after a top US Army official claimed that the defence infrastructure being set up by China near its border with India is “alarming', the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that New Delhi is carefully monitoring the developments.

"The government is committed to and takes all adequate and appropriate measures to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty as the developments in recent years have clearly demonstrated," MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a media interaction.

Bagchi said the government has taken various measures in recent years to develop infrastructure along the border areas to not only meet India's strategic and security requirements but also facilitate the economic developments of the areas.

"As far as the current situation (in eastern Ladakh) is concerned, we have maintained continuous communication with the Chinese side both through diplomatic and military channels," Bagchi said.

On Wednesday, US Army's Pacific Commanding General Charles A. Flynn had remarked that the destabilising and corrosive behaviour of Chinese Community Party (CCP) in the Indo-Pacific region is simply not helpful and some of the defence infrastructure that is being set up by China near its border with India is alarming.

 "I believe that the activity level is eye-opening and I think the some of the infrastructure that is being created in the (Chinese Army's) western theatre command is alarming,” Flynn said in Delhi.

The armed forces of India and China have been engaged in a tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, when there was a violent clash between the two sides in the Pangong lake areas.

“I do not have a crystal ball to tell you how it (India-China border standoff) is going to end or where we will be at. I will express to you that it is worthy of asking this question and try to get their response as to what are their intentions" Flynn noted.

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