Archival image of a village built near the LAC by China | Image Courtesy: Planet Labs
New Delhi: India has responded after a US military report stated that China has built a huge civilian village of 100 houses along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Arunachal Pradesh. The US Department of Defense stated in its annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving China that the village originated in the disputed territory between the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Indian security sources said Tuesday that the village, located along the disputed border in Upper Subansiri district, falls in China-controlled territory.
The sources stated, according to news agency ANI, that the area has been under China’s control for decades.
“…For years they have maintained an army post in the region and several constructions undertaken by the Chinese have not happened in a short time.
“The village was built by China in an area occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after the capture of an Assam Rifles post in 1959, in an operation known as the Longju Incident along the border in Arunachal Pradesh,” the sources said. .
The US military report had pointed out that infrastructure development, such as the construction of the village along the India-China border, has been a source of tension between the two neighbors.
The report specifically mentioned that China has tried to blame India for causing the deadlock through its “increased infrastructure development” near the LAC.
Beijing has claimed that the PLA deployments along the LAC were triggered by Indian provocations.
“PRC (People’s Republic of China) officials had also tried unsuccessfully through official statements and state media to prevent India from deepening its relationship with the US during and after the standoff, while accusing India of being just an ‘instrument’ of the US . policy in the region,” the report said.