India snubs China: No locus standi on Ladakh, Arunachal

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 15

India on Thursday responded strongly to China blaming its border infrastructure development for tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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The Ministry of External Affairs suggested at a media briefing that China was misplaced in blaming development of infrastructure. “The restoration of peace and tranquillity can be best done by scrupulously adhering in entirety to the various agreements,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

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“The government was focused on creating infrastructure for its people to facilitate economic development and also meet Indian strategic and security requirements,” he added.

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“Our position on this has always been clear and consistent. J&K and Ladakh have been, are, and will remain an integral part of India. China has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal matters. We hope that countries will not comment on India’s internal matters, as much as they expect the same of others,” he said to a question on China doubting the status of both UTs.

On Arunachal Pradesh too, Srivastava said China had been told several times, “including at the highest level”, that the state was an integral and inalienable part of India. Dwelling on the India-China Army commanders talks on October 12, Srivastava said for the second successive time, a joint press release was issued.

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