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After ‘illegal’ bridge over Pangong Lake, official flags installation of China’s mobile towers ‘very close’ to LAC

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After ‘illegal’ bridge over Pangong Lake, official flags installation of China’s mobile towers ‘very close’ to LAC
Chushul councillor Konchok Stanzin says China installed mobile towers very close to the Indian territory (Photo: @kstanzinladakh/Twitter)



Leh: As China puts the finishing touches on an ‘illegal’ bridge over Pangong Lake, officials in the border region of Chushul have now flagged the installation of three mobile towers. India had earlier said that the bridge built by its neighbour is located in areas that have remained under “illegal occupation” since 1962, calling on Beijing to respect New Delhi’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“After completing the bridge over Pangong lake, China has installed 3 mobile towers near China’s hot spring very close to the Indian territory. Isn’t it a concern? We don’t even have 4G facilities in human habitation villages. 11 villages in my constituency have no 4G facilities,” Chushul councillor Konchok Stanzin had tweeted earlier this week.

Chushul incidentally is located south of Pangong Lake, with the Line of Actual Control running around eight km east of the village.

Earlier in February this year, MoS External Affairs V Muraleedharan had told the Lok Sabha that India had never accepted China’s ‘illegal’ occupation of territories near Ladakh. “The government has taken note of a bridge being constructed by China on Pangong lake. This bridge is being constructed in areas that have continued to be under the illegal occupation of China since 1962,” he had said.

More recently, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had delivered a strong message to China, asserting that India would not spare anyone if harmed. “I cannot say openly what they (Indian soldiers) did and what decisions we (the government) took. But I can definitely say that a message has gone (to China) that India will not spare anyone, if India is harmed. (Bharat ko agar koi chherega to Bharat chhorega nahi),” he said earlier this week.

The Ladakh border standoff between the two countries had erupted in May 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake area. The face-off escalated after the Galwan Valley clashes in June that year, with as many as 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese troops being killed.Since then, India and China have held 15 rounds of military talks so defuse tensions As a result of the talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year in the north and south banks of the Pangong lake and in the Gogra area.

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