China on Wednesday expressed concern over India’s plans to build a road along the remote eastern part of its border, saying it hoped India would not “further complicate” the festering disagreement.
In September, India eased curbs on building roads and military facilities within 100 km (62 miles) of the contested border in remote Arunachal Pradesh, so as to hasten construction of some 6,000 km (3,730 miles) of roads.
The move came as Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India, in a bid to defuse the deep distrust between both countries, despite growing trade and business ties.
A senior official in the Indian home ministry’s border management department said the ministry was seeking cabinet approval for the road in Arunachal Pradesh and had preliminary support from the Prime Minister’s office.
“The minister of state has conceived the idea of building a road that could be about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) long. The project has not been given Cabinet approval but the preliminary nod from the PMO has come,” said the official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
“China has already spread their network of roads and rail network near the border. Whatever we make on our territory should not be a concern of China.”.. see more
source: times of india