India on Thursday pushed back against China’s criticism of its development of border infrastructure, as well as reminding Beijing that Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh were integral parts of India.
Responding to questions, MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, “Careful and specific attention is given to improvement of infrastructure in the border areas in order to facilitate economic development of these areas as also to meet India’s strategic and security requirements.”
Reiterating that J&K, Ladakh and Arunachal were “integral” parts of India, Srivastava reminded Beijing that if China wanted India to respect the red lines of its sovereign territory claims, it would have to respect India’s sovereignty as well.
“China has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal matters. We hope that countries will not comment on India’s internal matters, as much as they expect the same of others,” he added.