The remarks from China came three days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement. Pompeo had said that China has deployed 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) against India.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told the media that Beijing opposes building India’s infrastructure in the region. He was replying to a question related to the 44 new bridges built near LAC with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh which have been inaugurated recently.
Lijian told the media, “First of all I want to clarify that China does not recognize Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh illegally created Union Territories”. We are against the development of infrastructure for the purpose of military dispute in the border areas.
On the basis of consensus, such a step should not be taken by any side around the border, which increased tensions, he said.
Blaming the Indian side for the development of infrastructure in the areas along the border, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said that neither side should refrain from taking action on border areas that could complicate the situation.
The Ministry insisted on maintaining peace and tranquility on the border.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that China is deploying 60,000 troops around the Indian border. In addition, he said that three major Indo-Pacific democracies India, Australia and Japan are under threat from the Chinese Communist Party. China’s displeasure can clearly be seen after Pompeo’s statement. He has received a statement from the US Secretary of State like Mirchi.
The LAC has been in a stand-off between the Indian and Chinese military since May in eastern Ladakh and the armies of the two countries have been face to face ever since.
A bloody conflict between the armies of the two countries was also seen in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh in June, when a violent clash broke out between the two armies. In this skirmish, 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives and some Chinese soldiers were also killed.
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