October 28, 2014

India to Build 54 New Border Posts In Arunachal, China Reacts

China today warned India against taking any action that may "complicate or exaggerate" the boundary issue after India announced plans to build 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh on October 24.

China's position on the boundary question is consistent and clear, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in an e-mail response to the news agency Press Trust of India. China, he said, was committed to finding a solution "through friendly negotiation as soon as possible" and working together to safeguard peace and tranquility.But "pending the final settlement of the boundary question, we hope the Indian side could refrain from taking any action that may complicate or exaggerate the question," Mr Hua said.

On October 15, China had objected to India's plans to build a 2000-km road along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. The road from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district is meant to match China's infrastructure development. "Before the border problem is solved, we hope the Indian side will not take any action that could further complicate the relevant issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei had said.

"We should jointly safeguard the peace and tranquility of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final settlement of the border issue," he had added.

In response, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said nobody should "threaten or warn India". "India has grown in strength. Both sides should resolve the border issue through dialogue," he had said
Subsequently, officials from India and China held the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination held a meeting in New Delhi, during which the two sides discussed a host of issues relating to the management of the boundary and keeping peace along the border.

Last month, India and China agreed to pull back troops ranged against each other in Ladakh, ending their biggest face-off on the border in a year.

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