China objects to India's road construction in Ladakh
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed on Friday that India is contradicting its own stand on the border road building by constructing a road near the Pangong Lake in Ladakh near the Indo-Chinese border.
China's remarks come after a report in the Hindustan Times that the Indian Home Ministry has approved the construction of a road from Marsimik-La, barely 20 kilometers away from the northwest end of the Pangong Lake, a tourist attraction in the region of Ladakh, near the border of China.
Reacting to the report, Chinese Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "I think the report shows what India did is embarrassing itself. As we all know recently, India illegally crossed the border, under the pretext of so called 'security concern', to obstruct China from building a road on its own territory. Now, what India did has proved again that India did not match its words with actions in terms of China-India boundary issues".
The Chinese spokeswoman called India's initiative of road building unfair and accused India of not adhering to maintaining peace and stability. She claimed that the western section of India-China border has not yet been demarcated and till then both countries have agreed to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area.
"I want to reiterate that the western section of the China-India boundary has not been demarcated yet, and both China and India have agreed to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area before the border issue is finally resolved. The fact that India builds infrastructure for obvious military purposes near the western portion of the Line of Actual Control is not conducive to maintaining peace and stability of the western section of the China-India boundary, nor to easing the situation in the border area."
The Indian government, however, says that it has assented to the construction of the road to ensure connectivity for its security forces in remote areas with the disputed border area between China and India.
The Pangong Lake was the site of a recent skirmish between the Indian troops and Chinese troops, who encroached into the territory on August 15.
The Chinese spokesperson was referring to the stand-off between the armies of the two countries in the disputed Doklam region, where India is protesting the construction of a road by China.