• China illegally occupies 38,000 sq km of Indian territory: Government

    Digital Desk: India and China are already witnessing tension along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Amid these conflicts, the Indian government has informed Parliament that China has been constructing a bridge on Pangong lake, which it stated was "built-in sites that have continued to be under the unlawful occupation of China since 1962." "Government of India has never accepted this unlawful occupation," India's minister of state for external affairs, V Muraleedharan, informed Parliament on Friday. When India seems to concrete more upon illegal occupation by Pakistan, China has already occupied 38,000 sq km of Indian territory.  On the continuing discussions with China in eastern Ladakh, the minister expressed it is being driven by three basic regulations - "both territories should rigidly appreciate and glorify the LAC, neither side should endeavour to change the standing quo unilaterally, and all contracts between the two sides should be completely abided by in their entirety." "The Indian government has made it obvious on various events that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are a vital part of India, and we wish other nations to respect India's sovereignty and territorial probity," the minister counted. "China resumes to be in unlawful occupation of about 38,000 sq kms of Indian territory in the Union Territory of Ladakh for the last six decades," the minister added in a composed response to a query in India's lower house of Parliament. Also Read: China Support Russia in NATO Showdown Over Ukraine "Additionally, under the so-called China-Pakistan 'Boundary Agreement' signed in 1963, Pakistan surrendered 5,180 sq kms of Indian territory in Shaksgam Valley from locations illegally inhabited by Pakistan in Union Territory of Ladakh to China," Muraleedharan stated. He further noted, "The fact that the entire Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are an essential and inviolable territory of India has been conveyed to Pakistani and Chinese authorities several times." Indian government further added that the nation has never acknowledged the so-called China-Pakistan "Boundary Agreement" of 1963, anointing it "unfair" and "feeble". The Indian government informed Parliament that it plans to enhance infrastructure along the frontier sites to promote economic growth and takes crucial measures to secure India's protection pulls.

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