Within days of expressing displeasure over India’s growing closeness to Vietnam, China on Thursday again criticised India, saying New Delhi was complicating the border situation by building more posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh.
If India was the “third party” in the China-Vietnam tussle in the South China Sea, in this case, India could directly jeopardising the situation in a “disputed area”.
The Chinese defence ministry reacted Thursday after it noticed reports about India building 54 new border posts in AP, which China claims as South Tibet.
“Dispute still exists in the eastern part of China-India border,” Yang Yujin said at the monthly defence ministry briefing on Thursday.
“We urge the Indian side to do more to maintain peace and stability in the area and not do things that may complicate the situation,” he said.
Yang brushed aside the fact that China has already developed infrastructure all along the disputed border including wide road networks.
The roads in question, he said, were in the “…eastern part of the China-India border which is still a disputed area”.
“China’s position on the dispute in this area is clear and consistent,” he said.
“It is an important consensus reached by the two sides to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control and both sides should do more towards converging direction rather than contrary,” he said.
Last week India announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs. 175-crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.
The move was part of a broader effort by India to strengthen facilities along the border as in September the government had given the green signal on building roads within 100 km of the border in the state.
China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly expressed its displeasure over the developments, saying New Delhi should not make matters worse before a final settlement of the disputed border.