New Delhi, May 30: A confused and enraged China warned India to be ‘cautious’ and exert ‘restraint’ over building infrastructural facilities in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chinese reaction came days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the 9.15 km long bridge over Brahmaputra joining Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the last week.
China has been laying its claims over the Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet. But India has repeatedly rejected the Chinese claim asserting that Arunachal Pradesh which was known as NEFA during the Chinese aggression, is integral part of India and cannot be compromised with its security.
News Agency IANS quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying, “we hope India adopts a cautious and restrained attitude on the issue before the final settlement of the border issue with China to jointly control disputes, safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas”.
“China’s position on the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border areas is consistent and clear,” a statement in Chinese said.
Prime Minister Modi last week opened the country’s longest bridge over the Brahmaputra River that connects Assam’s easternmost region with Arunachal Pradesh.
The 9.15 km Dhola-Sadiya bridge will cut the distance and travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km and five hours.
The bridge, built to accommodate tanks, will ensure swift movement of Indian troops in Arunachal Pradesh which will bolster India’s defence along the China border.
Last month, China protested strongly to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Beijing considers the 81-year old spiritual leader a separatist. India said the visit was to promote religious harmony and had no political colouring. The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising that was crushed by Chinese troops, trekked through the Himalayas and entered India through Arunachal Pradesh.