Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat today said the controversy over Chinese entry into Indian territory and creating a new village was “not true” and that the villages were within the Chinese part of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). )
He further added that China has not violated the Indian “concept” of LAC.
The U.S. Department of Defense said in a recent report that China has built a large village inside its disputed territory in the eastern sector of the LAC between its Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier, in an official response to the US report, the State Department said India had not acknowledged China’s “illegal occupation of its territory or any unreasonable Chinese claim”.
In a weekly media briefing on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “China has been carrying out construction work in the border areas for the last few years, including decades of illegal occupation. India has not acknowledged that. . “
Mr Rawat, however, told Times Now Summit 2021, “As far as we are concerned, no such village has been developed for us in LAC.”
“The current controversy – which has begun – that the Chinese have invaded our territory and built a new village is not true,” he said.
“But what I want to bring is that the Chinese are probably building villages across the LAC for their civilians or for their military in the future, especially in the aftermath of our recent confrontation,” CDS added.
Mr Rawat added that both the Indian and Chinese forces had posts on each side of the LAC.
“Wherever the Chinese have now made their posts, we have seen some old dilapidated huts in that area,” he said.
So, some of those huts have been demolished and new infrastructure is being built and modern huts are being built, he added.
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“He (the Chinese soldier) lives thousands of miles away from the mainland. And he sees our people in a much happier state. They can go home much faster,” Mr Rawat said, noting that the Chinese troops were isolated.
Indian troops are allowed to return home from the LAC position at least twice a year, though not three times, he said, adding that Chinese troops do not have this luxury.
“They are building this infrastructure, such so-called villages, which are next to the LAC. They have not violated our concept of LAC anywhere,” he said.
He said that there are different ideas about LAC but Indian Armed Forces knows where LAC is because they have been told that this is your alignment of LAC and this is the area you are expected to protect.
“The Chinese have a perception and in some areas, we know about it, and in some areas, we don’t know about it. Because they have never explained where LAC is based on their perception,” he added.
When asked if he thinks the development of such villages is muscle-bending on their behalf, Mr. Rawat replied: “Of course not, I would not call it muscle-bending. With the development of these villages, they are trying to make sure they reach “They’re in the border area, and that’s something we should do.”
India was also concerned about the development of its border areas and the government has released funds for the BADP (Border Area Development Program) project, he said.
“Actually, we’re encouraging people to go there and go back to those villages because a lot of villages along the LAC are being evacuated. Why are they being evacuated? Because people are finding job opportunities, education, health infrastructure, more. Inland areas.” He added.
Last month, India and China failed to make any progress in resolving the 18-month stalemate on the remaining friction points in East Ladakh during the 13th round of military talks between the two countries.
There are about 50,000 to 60,000 troops on each side along the LAC in the sensitive sector of East Ladakh.
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