As India and China continue to remain locked in a months-long bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh, Beijing is undertaking construction work along with the border areas near Arunachal Pradesh, a report said.
US-based imaging company Planet Labs has satellite images and claimed that around 100 houses have been built along the river Tsari Chu in upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh. Notably, there was no construction at a particular place in 2019.
China has constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh, consisting of about 101 homes, show satellite images accessed media. The same images, dated 1 November 2020, have been analysed by several experts approached by media, who confirmed that the construction, approximately 4.5 kms within Indian territory of the de facto border, will be of huge concern to India. Though this area is Indian territory, according to official government maps, it has been in effective Chinese control since 1959. However, earlier only a Chinese military post existed, but this time a full-fledged village that can house thousands has been built.
The village, located on the banks of the River Tsari Chu, lies in the Upper Subansiri district, an area which has been long disputed by India and China and has been marked by armed conflict.
Meanwhile, reacting on the reports of a Chinese village in Arunachal, the ministry of external affairs replied to the reports, saying the government had seen s recent report on China undertaking construction work along the border areas. The government said it was always keeping a strict vigil on all the developments which threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The MEA stated that India had significantly stepped up building infrastructure projects in the border areas for the improvement of livelihood of its citizens, including in Arunachal Pradesh.
“We have seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along the border areas with India. China has undertaken such infrastructure construction activity in the past several years,” the MEA said.
“In response, our government too has stepped up border infrastructure including the construction of roads, bridges etc, which has provided much-needed connectivity to the local population along the border,” MEA said.
Media has showcased two images where China has reportedly build the houses. As per the first image dated 26 August 2019 did not show any human habitation, the second one of November 2020 shows structures.
The report stated that the ‘houses’ have been built in an area disputed by India and China.
BJP’s Arunachal Pradesh MP Tapir Gao has claimed that Beijing is still going ahead with construction and has entered more than 60-70 km inside District Upper Subansiri if you follow the path along the river. He claimed that the Chinese are building a road along the river. Tapir Gao happens to be an MP whose China-related concerns are regularly overlooked by even Kiren Rijiju, the MP and union minister from the same state.