Monitoring reports of China building 2nd bridge in Pangong Tso: MEA

NEW DELHI, 19 May: A day after reports emerged that China is building a second bridge across Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, India on Thursday said that the area where the reported construction is being undertaken is under the occupation of that country for decades.

At a media briefing, ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India monitors such developments.

Bagchi said that India always felt that the area that is referred to in the reports is under the occupation of the Chinese side for decades.

He was responding to questions on the bridge being built by China in the Pangong Tso region.

Bagchi also said that India had various rounds of conversations with the Chinese side at the diplomatic and military levels and will continue to remain engaged.

People familiar with Chinese construction on Wednesday said China is building a second bridge in an area held by it around the strategically key Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh.

The bridge is being built amid the lingering standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies at several friction points in eastern Ladakh for over two years. (PTI)