Amid rising tensions with India, China has as soon as once more stated it doesn’t recognise “illegally established” Union Territory of Ladakh. The comment has come a day after Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 44 strategic bridges in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking offence to the infrastructure growth, the Chinese overseas ministry stated, “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.”
The Chinese overseas ministry went on to say that it doesn’t recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh “illegally established” by India, and the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
“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,” stated the Chinese overseas ministry.
It additional added, “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.”
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday devoted 44 bridges constructed within the border areas of Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir to the nation. The inauguration was executed by means of video-conferencing.
Most of the bridges inaugurated are in strategically vital areas. These bridges are extraordinarily useful in making certain the speedy motion of navy troops and weapons. Out of the 44 bridges, 7 are in Ladakh.
Notably, India is ramping up growth work like development of roads and bridges alongside the border areas after it has been locked in a dispute with China alongside the Line of Actual Control.