China reacts to India’s road construction plan, says don’t complicate border situation

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of Southern Tibet and disputes McMohan line.

By: Press Trust of India | Beijing | Published: October 16, 2014 10:15 am

China on Wednesday sharply reacted to India’s plans to construct a road network along the McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh and expressed hope that India will not take any action which may complicate the situation before a final settlement is reached to end the boundary dispute.

“We still need to verify the specifics. The boundary issue between China and India is left by colonial past. We need to deal with this issue properly,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lie said in Beijing.

He was reacting to comments by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stating that plans are afoot to construct a road network along the international boundary from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh to match the China’s infrastructure development.

“There is a dispute about the eastern part of the China- India border. Before final settlement is reached we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate the situation,” Hong said.

“We should jointly safeguard the peace and tranquillity of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final settlement of the border issue,” he said.

India’s concerns arise out of extensive road, rail air network developed by China in Tibet which could play pivotal in moving the troops and equipment at a greater speed in the rugged Himalayan region.

Besides extensive highways, China’s rail network came close to Sikkim border and Beijing has announced plans to build a new rail network up to Nyingchi which is close to the border of Arunachal Pradesh.

China has build about five airports in the Tibet region.

Beijing asserts that the infrastructure development is part of efforts to develop remote parts of Tibet.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of Southern Tibet and disputes McMohan line.

Chinese position is that the border dispute is confined to 2,000 kms mostly on Arunachal Pradesh where as India asserts that the dispute covered the western side of the border spanning to about 4,000 km.

The two countries have held 17 rounds of Special Representative talks so far to resolve the boundary dispute.

The issue also figured during last month’s talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to India.

The two leaders agreed to make efforts to resolve the border dispute at the earliest.

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  1. Mriganka Ghosh
    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:10 am
    A Advise to China- " Do Not Disturb, Great Mind at Your Work" .
    1. O
      Oct 16, 2014 at 5:50 am
      The problem started because successive Congress governments were busy looting the country when they should have been protesting the Chinese building roads on their side of the actual border. Back in 1959 a similar situation happened when Nehru ignored warnings from the army about road building by the Chinese and suffered a humiliating defeat in 1961.We have not learned from history. The Chinese choose their own historical time line , usually this is time when the Chinese empire was the most expansive and then refer to that as benchmark in current map drawing. Their current economic and military might has added brazenness to their boldness in claims be it with an over Diagou/Senkaku or with Vietnam over South China Sea oil. On the same grounds India can claim All of stan and most of Afghanistan saying that Ashoka's empire once extended there. Even with a new and courageous PM at the helm , dealing with the Chinese will not be easy considering the years of decay the Congress has brought
      1. C
        Curious onlooker
        Oct 16, 2014 at 7:01 am
        The least India could do is to stand firm and wait for China to make its move. Wasteful years spent chasing in self-righteous hypocrisy kick-back beneficiaries, even to the extent of starving the armed forces much needed heavy ordnance, is finally taking its toll, having to meekly put up with Chinese belligerence. Antony was prepared to let the country be overrun by enemies so long as he could make the spurious claim of having eliminated corruption in the army. To him his country's security was secondary to his feigned moral triumph.
        1. V
          Oct 16, 2014 at 6:30 am
          It is our country and we build whatever we want. Who the are these guys to say anything in this matter. We should simply ignore them and go ahead and actually build the roads.