New Delhi: India on Thursday declined to comment on a US Army commander’s remarks about Chinese military buildup on the border, saying that it carefully monitors all activities on the border and is committed to take all measures to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Ministry of External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, in a media briefing, said that they have seen the reports quoting US Army’s Pacific Commanding General Charles A Flynn who spoke about Chinese infrastructure development in the Ladakh sector, and termed the Chinese activities as “eye-opening”.
“We do not want to comment on it… The government carefully monitors all activities on the border and is committed to and takes all adequate and appropriate measures to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty, as the developments in recent years have clearly demonstrated,” he said.
He also said the government has taken many steps to develop infrastructure along the border areas to meet India’s strategic and security requirements.
To a question on when the Senior Commanders meeting would be held, he said he has no dates as of now, and added: ”Our hope is the Chinese side with work with the Indian side for resolution of the remaining issues on the border.”
He said India has maintained continuous communication with the Chinese side through diplomatic and military channels.
On May 31, India and China agreed to hold the 16th round of the Senior Commanders meeting “at an early date” to achieve the objective of complete disengagement from all friction points along the LAC.
This was agreed during the 24th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held via video link. (UNI)