December 6, 2021

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‘Our national security is unpardonably compromised, government has no strategy’: Rahul attacks Centre over ‘Chinese village in Arunachal’

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‘Our national security is unpardonably compromised, government has no strategy’: Rahul attacks Centre over ‘Chinese village in Arunachal’
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‘Our national security is unpardonably compromised, government has no strategy’: Rahul attacks Centre over ‘Chinese village in Arunachal’
‘Our national security is unpardonably compromised, government has no strategy’: Rahul attacks Centre over ‘Chinese village in Arunachal’

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the Centre citing different takes by the ministry of external affairs and Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat on the issue of Chinese village at the border.
“Our national security is unpardonably compromised because GOI has no strategy and Mr 56” is scared,” Rahul tweeted taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi using his old “56-inch chest” remark made in the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
“My thoughts are with the soldiers risking their lives to guard our borders while GOI churns out lies,” the Congress leader said in another tweet.
The controversy over Chinese village took centrestare afer the US Department of Defence, in a report, said that China built a large village inside disputed territory between its Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector of the LAC.
In an official reaction to the US report, the external affairs ministry said India has neither accepted China’s “illegal occupation of its territory nor any unjustified Chinese claims”.
In a weekly media briefing on Thursday, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over the decades. India has neither accepted such illegal occupation of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims.”
However, hour later, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat said the controversy about the Chinese coming into the Indian territory and building a new village is “not true”, and that the villages were well within the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
He also asserted that China has not transgressed the Indian “perception” of the LAC.
“The present controversy – that has erupted – that the Chinese have come across into our territory and built a new village is not true,” Rawat said at ‘Times Now Summit 2021.’
“But what I wish to come out with is that Chinese are building villages possibly for billeting and locating their civilians or for their military in the future all along the LAC, particularly after the recent face-offs that we have had,” the CDS added.
Attacking the government over the issue, Congress leader P Chidambaram said it is time defence minister Rajnath Singh drew a line in his ministry and asked the CDS to remain “well within his side of the LAC”.
“It is time for the defence minister to draw a LAC in the defence ministry and ask the CDS to remain well within his side of the LAC,” the Congress leader said.
The former Union finance minister also said the Chinese are laughing all the way from the Plenum to the 20th Congress of the Communist party.

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