India closely monitors developments along the border: Government after US remark on China’s rise

The Indian government is carefully monitoring developments along its border areas, including infrastructure construction by the Chinese side in the eastern sector of Ladakh, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said Thursday.

“The government is committed to taking all adequate and appropriate measures to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty, as developments in recent years have clearly demonstrated,” Bagchi said.

He also said that the Indian government has taken various measures in recent years to develop the infrastructure along the border areas to not only meet India’s strategic and security requirements but also facilitate the economic development of the areas.

“Regarding the current situation (in eastern Ladakh), we have maintained continuous communication with the Chinese side through both diplomatic and military channels,” Bagchi said.

He said India will maintain dialogue with the Chinese side to resolve the remaining issues in eastern Ladakh.

The statements come after remarks by a US military commander that some of the defense infrastructure China is building near its border with India in Ladakh is “alarming”.

US Army Pacific Commander General Charles A Flynn, who was visiting India, spoke on Wednesday about China’s infrastructure development along its borders with India in the Ladakh sector, and said called Chinese activities in the region “revealing”.

He also said the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “destabilizing and corrosive” behavior in the Indo-Pacific region is simply not helpful.

“I think it’s worth working together as a counterbalance to some of this corrosive and corrupting behavior that the Chinese are doing,” Flynn said.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, when a violent clash between the two sides erupted in the Pangong Lake area.

Last month, it emerged China was building a second bridge in an area it holds around the strategically key Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh, which could help its military quickly mobilize troops in the area.

China has also set up other infrastructure such as roads and residential units in border areas with India. It also has maritime border disputes with various countries in the Indo-Pacific region such as Vietnam and Japan.

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