India ‘monitoring’ developments near LAC: External Affairs Ministry

India is relentlessly monitoring developments near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and will take “necessary measures” to address any measures that may affect India’s security. Speaking to the weekly press briefing, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said that resolving issues along the LAC in the western sector would help Indo-China relations.

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“We had issued after the recent commander-level talks a statement – actually a joint statement – from both sides, in which they talked about the importance of moving forward and implementing some of the agreements and agreements they reached. They talked about a frank and thorough exchange of views and they talked about resolving the remaining issues at the earliest in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Heads of State,” Bagchi said.

“Of course our point is that if you can work out the issues, especially on the disengagement that would help with de-escalation and restoring peace and quiet along the LAC in the western sector, that would be the right step. to enable progress in the bilateral relationship,” Bagchi said presenting India’s “vision” for the bilateral relationship with China.

He declined to respond to the report published in the South China Morning Post Hong Kong over Beijing’s construction of a highway near Ladakh. The expressway linking Lhunze County in Tibet with Mazha in Xinjiang in western China is among 345 construction projects that are part of China’s proposed new national program, the newspaper reported.

Bagchi’s comments came after the 16th round of military-level talks which was the latest in a long string of talks between the two sides’ military representatives since the deadly June 2020 clashes in Galwan. Apart from the report on the construction of a new highway near the western sector of LAC, the latest reports indicate that China has placed personnel in villages near the Doklam region in the India-Bhutan and Tibet trijunction. Mr Bagchi declined to go into details of the report on Doklam, but said India was “monitoring” and would take necessary action. “India is continuously monitoring any measures that may harm India’s security and will take necessary action,” Bagchi said.

Shirlene J. Manley