The Centre on Thursday said that it has not accepted China’s illegal occupation of a part of the Indian territory, ANI reported.

“China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas, including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over decades,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. “India has neither accepted such illegal occupation of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims.”

He said that India has protested against the Chinese occupation of Indian territory through diplomatic means.

Bagchi added that India has taken note of the Pentagon report on China’s construction activities in the eastern part of India, PTI reported.

On November 4, a Pentagon report titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2021”, explained how China had strengthened its border infrastructure during the peak of its dispute with India.

India and China have been locked in a border standoff since their troops clashed in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the clash. China put the number of casualties on its side at four.

After several rounds of talks, India and China had disengaged from Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh in February. After the commander level talks on July 31, the two countries also agreed to disengage…

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