China Take Note, India Maintaining Close Watch

    Recent media reports suggesting that the Chinese have built a village in Arunachal Pradesh has evoked a sharp reaction from India: We are watching.

    News reports suggest that China has allegedly built a village – comprising of 101 homes – on the banks of River Tsari Chu in Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The village reportedly encroaches 4.5 km into Indian territory. The village apparently came up around the time when Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June last year.

    The Ministry of External Affairs has issued a statement and said that India is keeping a “constant watch” and sent out a warning to China not to embark on any other adventurism.

    While the incident once again reinforces the fact that China cannot be trusted under any circumstance, it also brings to the fore the issue of the need for augmenting border infrastructure to ramp up border connectivity.

    For the Centre, this for sure will be a focal point going forward.