While it is the fourth time in ten years that China has stalled such proceedings, India in response to China’s actions late on Wednesday night said that it was “disappointed” by the outcome but would continue to pursue all available avenues.
“The days when India believed that South Asia was its primary sphere of influence and that it could prevent other powers, such as China, from expanding its own clout are long gone,” a senior government official told The Indian Express.
'For the past several years, India and China have been important engines of regional and global economic growth. In 2017, India and China were responsible for almost half of global growth,' Tao Zhang, IMF Deputy Managing Director, said.
"There are a number of threats before the country but the biggest threat is from China...it is continuously encroaching on our land and is planning to attack but is not able to advance because of our army," Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
S Jaishankar also told the panel that India had clearly outlined its position on the border and Chinese have their own position, but they are misinterpreting it so India was trying to clarify it. He also added that India was continuing to stick to its stand that it had first taken in 1985 as as per an Anglo-Chinese agreement.
China has blamed India for hampering the construction and also accused Indian soldiers of trespassing in the area, which is also claimed by Bhutan. New Delhi, on its part, fears that if the construction is allowed, the Chinese troops may cut India's access to the north eastern states and could also have serious security implications for the country.