China’s Foreign Ministry said here on Thursday that China’s development and construction activities “in its own territory” are beyond normal and beyond blame. The ministry said this in response to the news of a new Chinese village in Arunachal Pradesh. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a media briefing in response to a question, “China’s position on the Janganan region (South Tibet) is clear and stable. We never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh.
China describes Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet, while India has always said that Arunachal is an integral and unbroken part of it. Chunying said that China’s development and construction activities are common in “our own region”. He said, “It is beyond blame because it is our region.”
A report by a private channel showed pictures of the area of Arunachal Pradesh in which it said that China has built a new village and has about 101 houses. According to the channel, the first photo of 26 August 2019 did not show any human habitation, but the second picture, which came in November 2020, showed residential construction. India on Monday reacted strongly to this and said that the country constantly monitors all activities affecting its security and takes necessary steps to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In New Delhi, the Foreign Ministry said that India has accelerated the construction of infrastructure including roads and bridges to improve the livelihood of its citizens in the border areas. There have been reports of setting up a new village in China in Arunachal Pradesh at a time when there has been a military standoff between India and China in East Ladakh for more than eight months. Despite several rounds of military and diplomatic talks between the two countries, no solution has been found so far for the deadlock.