Even when the border remains tense in eastern Ladakh, China has established a new village consisting of nearly 101 houses in Arunachal Pradesh. According to reports, the construction is within Indian borders, creating a huge defence concern. Earlier reports indicated the existence of a small Chinese post, which has given way for an entire village now.
According to official government maps, while this land comes under the Indian territory, it has been under Chinese control since 1959. The particular piece of land has long been disputed between the two Asian superpowers. Official reports indicate that the village was possibly built during the last year.
The Ministry of External Affairs has responded stating that the government has seen recent reports on China’s construction work along the borders and they are vigilant on all developments that threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The ministry further added that they are planning to improve infrastructure projects alongside the border areas for the betterment of citizens, including in Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue of national security.
In the images shared by leading media organisations, while the first image, dated August 2019, did not show any construction, the second image, dated November 2020, indicates activities in the area. The houses have been built alongside River Tsari Chu in the upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh.