The MEA said it has repeatedly made it clear that the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India and that other countries are expected to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. ‘India.
Ironically, the statement came on a day when the BRICS countries, including India and China, underlined in a joint statement respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of different countries. The government had also said on Thursday that the reported construction was taking place in a Chinese-occupied area and that such developments were being monitored by India.
“We have seen reports of a bridge being built by China over Pangong Lake next to its old bridge. We have never accepted such an illegal occupation of our territory, nor the unjustified Chinese claim or such construction activities,” MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said.