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India Lodges Protest with China Over Infra Development in Shaksgam Valley

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New Delhi: India on Thursday said that it has lodged a protest with China over attempts to “alter facts on the ground” by the building of road infrastructure by the Chinese in the Shaksgam valley.

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At the weekly media briefing, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that the Shaksgam Valley is a part of the Indian territory.>

“We have never accepted the so-called China Pakistan Boundary Agreement of 1963 through which Pakistan unlawfully attempted to cede the area to China, and have consistently conveyed our rejection of the same. We have registered our protest with the Chinese side against illegal attempts to alter facts on the ground. We further reserve the right to take necessary measures to safeguard our interests,” he said.

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According to recent media reports, satellite pictures show that China is building a road in the lower Shaksgam valley, with the road-head being just 30 kilometres from the Siachen glacier.>

Pakistan had ceded Shaksgam valley to China in 1963.

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