No Need to Worry about Construction of Airstrips along LAC by China: Govt

Following reports of construction of around two dozen airstrips by China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), government has said that there is no need to be ‘unnecessarily’ bothered about, for India is adequately strengthening itself.

“I don’t think we need to be unnecessarily alarmed. As a regional power, they (China) will strengthen their infrastructure.They will procure their arms and we are doing what we have to do for strengthening our line,” Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju told reporters.

He was responding to query on reports that claimed that China was building 27 airstrips along the LAC.

“There is no need to be unnecessarily worried about what other countries are doing,” Raju said, adding, “As far our programmes are going smoothly and we are doing adequately to strengthen ourselves.”

In response to another question on the stopping of construction work on a link road in Ladakh region in the wake of objections raised by Chinese army, the minister said, “I think some of the things happen when there is a difference of perception. I guess that must be the reason.”

Work on the road being built under Centrally-sponsored National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), which was to connect two villages in Demchok in South-Eastern Ladakh, was stopped during the last week of October.

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