India and China military are likely to hold military-level talks on January 12 to deliberate over ways to de-escalate border tension between the two countries.

This would be the 14th round of India and China Corps Commander level military talks focusing on disengagement in the remaining friction areas like Depsang, Hot Springs and others.

The talks are happening when China has implemented new border laws from January 1 and has also started construction of a bridge on Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh to which India has objected.

On Thursday, India had strongly objected to China’s illegal construction of a bridge on a part of the Pangong Lake and had stated that the government is monitoring the situation.

Talking about reports about a bridge being made by the Chinese side on Pangong lake, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said, “Government has been monitoring this activity closely. This bridge is being constructed in areas that have been under illegal occupation by China for around 60 years now. As you are well aware India has never accepted such illegal occupation.”

The official pointed out that separately, the government has been taking all necessary steps to ensure that our security interests are fully protected.

As part of these efforts, the government has also, in the last seven years, increased significantly the budget for the development of border infrastructure and completed more roads and bridges than ever before.

“These have provided much-needed connectivity to the local population as well as logistical support to armed forces. The government remains committed to this objective,” the official had said.

China has been carrying out construction of a bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake for at least two months and is taking place at India’s claim of the Line of Actual Control.

The bridge to connect the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake will allow the Chinese People’s Liberation Army quick access to both sides.

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