The total trade between China and India in 2021 stood at USD 125.66 billion, up 43.3 per cent from 2020, state-run Global Times reported, quoting data from the General Administration of Customs.
The remarks of the US Press secretary came ahead of the military level talks between India and China which aims to resolve the stand-off at the remaining points along the LAC in Ladakh.
A source confirmed, “The construction of the bridge is going on for some time and we are well aware of it.”
Wang's remark comes in the midst of the lingering border row between the two countries in eastern Ladakh.
The platforms utilised for the airlift were C-17, IL-76 and An-32 aircraft, which took off from one of the forward bases of Western Air Command.
Our emerging commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership provides insufficient support for our dilemma in dealing with both China and Pakistan at the land borders.
The Chief of Air Staff said that the IAF must demonstrate to the nation that external forces will not be allowed to violate its territory.
Officials said both sides have exchanged notes as part of preparations for the 13th round of military talks to push for disengagement in the remaining friction points.
Gen Naravane said India had made matching deployments in its areas along the LAC and there was no way anyone would be able to behave in an aggressive manner again.
China's 'provocative behaviour' disturbed peace in eastern Ladakh: India; rejects fresh Chinese comments on Galwan
Reacting to the Chinese remarks, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said Chinese actions have impacted bilateral relations.
Peace in border areas important, but it is not the 'whole story' of bilateral ties: Chinese envoy amid Ladakh standoff
Sun Weidong said China and India should enhance mutual trust, strengthen dialogue and properly handle differences and not allow them to become disputes.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he is 'scared' of China.
'Relation with India should not be viewed from lens of a third country': China says it agrees with Jaishankar on bilateral ties
Jaishankar, who met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Dushanbe, conveyed that the two sides should work for an early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC.
As many as 20 soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are being awarded gallantry medals for bravery displayed in the stand-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh last year.
The Chinese want Indian Army to move out soldiers deployed after the May 5, 2020, standoff which began with clashes at Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso.