India responded against China’s criticism of its development of border infrastructure, that India’s borders infrastructure is not your business and reminding Beijing that Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh were integral parts of India.
Statement come after Chinese foreign minister criticized India for developing border infrastructure.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi had hit out against the Quad, describing it as an “Indo-Pacific Nato”.
MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, “Careful and specific attention is given to improvement of infrastructure in the border areas in order to facilitate economic development of these areas as also to meet India’s strategic and security requirements.”
Ladakh and Arunachal were “integral” parts of India, Srivastava reminded Beijing that if China wanted India to respect the red lines of its sovereign territory claims, it would have to respect India’s sovereignty as well.
“China has no need 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” said by Anurag srivastava
Both Indian and Chinese spokespersons lectured the other side on how to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
China has been building its own border infrastructure since 1950, with Mao’s famous line when he ordered the PLA to advance while building roads.
China has built roads and railway lines to expand its reach to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan. In fact, the Doklam crisis of 2017 started with China building roads on the plateau, threatening India’s Siliguri Corridor.