In­dia in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion near bor­der risks an­ger­ing Beijing

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Xu Hailin

Chi­nese an­a­lysts said In­dia’s con­struc­tion along bor­der area is a sen­si­tive move and that China will not sit idle if the con­struc­tion threat­ens the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol.

In­dian tele­vi­sion NDTV re­ported on Mon­day that In­dia will speed up in­fra­struc­ture projects along its bor­der with China.

In­dian govern­ment is plan­ning the con­struc­tion of 19 roads, 29 per­ma­nent in­te­grated build­ings and other crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture in the ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to NDTV.

The re­port also noted that the de­ci­sion is hap­pen­ing at a time when In­dia is look­ing to fend off China’s in­flu­ence.

“For the mo­ment, the projects will not re­ally dam­age the warm­ing trend in po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries,” Zhao Gancheng, di­rec­tor of the South Asia Stud­ies Depart­ment at the Shang­hai In­sti­tute for In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, told the Global Times.

How­ever, the move is a strat- egy of the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party to win pub­lic sup­port for the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 2019, Hu Zhiy­ong, a re­search fel­low at the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences’ In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, told the Global Times.

“If the con­struc­tion crosses or threat­ens the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol along the bor­ders, Chi- na will not sit back,” he said.

In Au­gust 2017, China and In­dia peace­fully re­solved the 72-day Dok­lam mil­i­tary stand­off that had placed mount­ing pres­sure on the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

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