China defended construction of a village which according to reports based on satellite images put out by US-based imaging firm Planet Labs

The Chinese foreign ministry described it as normal construction activities on China’s “own territory”. The Indian government had reacted to the reports saying that China has been carrying out construction along the border and that India has also stepped up building infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

India on Monday said it kept a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on the country’s security, and took necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“First, I’d like to tell you that China’s position on the east sector of the China-India boundary, or Zangnan (the southern part of China’s Tibet), is consistent and clear.

We have never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh illegally established on the Chinese territory,” said the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. The official was responding to a query about the construction of the dwelling units.

China has consistently denied India’s sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh even though it was Tibet, previous to its takeover by China, that shared borders with India.

“China’s normal construction on its own territory is entirely a matter of sovereignty,” added Hua. Hua said China’s development and activities “within our own territory is normal”.