LAC Standoff: China develops 624 villages on Indian border

China has constructed 624 villages along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India. China has built these in the lap of the Himalayas either inside the disputed areas or in the occupied areas.

LAC Standoff: China develops 624 villages on Indian border

Beijing: China has constructed 624 villages along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India. China has built these in the lap of the Himalayas either inside the disputed areas or in the occupied areas. 

China started the construction work of these militarized villages in the year 2017 on the orders of Chinese president Xi Jinping. The Chinese government had disclosed in its document that a total of 624 villages are to be built.

Defense expert Brahma Chelani quoted China's official website Tibet.CN as saying that the Chinese government has completed the construction work of these villages in the year 2021. 

Chelani said India is busy with elections and domestic politics while China has secretly completed the work of settling these 624 villages on the border with India. He said that in the year 2017, the President of China had ordered Tibetan shepherds to settle on the border. Since then the work of settling these villages intensified.

China claims that all these 624 villages built in the Tibet Autonomous Region have electricity, internet, water and strong roads. With this, the facilities of food, clothes, house and transport have become much better. China claims that it has brought prosperity, stability, ethnic unity and progress to the region. The website quoted a villager as saying, 'Now we have access to electricity. We can use all electronic devices. Life has become much easier now. These villages have been connected to the power grid so that the problem of electricity can be solved.

China has also built nice houses and hospitals in these villages. Also, it has been claimed to make arrangements for the people living here to earn money. The products made here are sent to the big cities of China. Industries are also being set up here according to the need. 

Amidst the ongoing military standoff with India in Ladakh, China has given money to people and settled in areas along the Indian border. In view of the ongoing tussle between India and China, common citizens are hesitant to live in these villages, but China is trying to trap these people by giving them various kinds of greed. A few days ago, a US report also claimed that China has built a village in Arunachal Pradesh near the border with India.

China rewarding citizens to settle near LAC

According to the report of The Telegraph newspaper, these Chinese villages have been built in far flung areas. Apart from this, the weather here is also extremely harsh. In such a situation, China is developing roads, water, electricity and communication network to convince Chinese people to settle in these areas. 

These people are also being offered free high quality infrastructure. New Delhi-based think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation cited a report in Tibet Daily to say that the Chinese government is also giving 30,000 yuan per year to people to live in these villages. In Indian currency, this amount is around 3.5 lakhs.

It has been told in the report of Tibet Daily that China has also deployed a large number of touts to mislead people. In this report, BJP MP Tapir Gao also said that China has occupied our territory. He pointed out that Beijing is behind the construction of more than 100 houses, which have appeared on the banks of the Tsari Chu river in the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Konchok Stanzin, a councilor from India's Ladakh border region, said China entices local people by providing them better living facilities so that they can live and build permanent settlements in the disputed border areas.

India has also started developing villages at LAC

To answer China in the same coin, India has started setting up villages from Arunachal to other parts of the country. India has also announced in the budget a plan to strengthen the infrastructure in the villages along the border. India has said that border villages are often deprived of development benefits due to sparse population, limited connectivity and lack of infrastructure. Such villages on the northern border will be covered under the new 'Vibrant Village' programme. These activities will include creation of village infrastructure, housing, tourism centres, road connectivity, provision of decentralized renewable energy, direct door-to-door access to television and educational channels and support for livelihood generation.

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