India moves mountains to build military road to China border
By Team Legistify / 2017-04-07

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On the near-vertical slopes of the eastern Himalayas, workers are blasting and cutting treacherous rock faces to build a top-priority military asset: a 34-mile road to the country’s disputed border with China.

Far away in the capital New Delhi-a six-day journey by foot, road, rail and air-Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office is monitoring their progress as he doubles down on a billion-dollar infrastructure plan in this contested region to strengthen India’s hand against its powerful neighbor.

India is accelerating work on strategic roads to be able to move troops and supplies to the border faster and deploy sophisticated weapons if armed conflict breaks out. China already has extensive infrastructure on its side. “It’s not business as usual,” a senior official overseeing the project said. “We have shifted gear.”


Beijing claims 35,000 square miles of territory here, almost the entire Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, and calls it South Tibet. The arrival in the state this week of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s spiritual leader-who China calls a separatist-has stirred the rivalry, which goes deeper than the border dispute. The Dalai Lama’s itinerary in Arunachal Pradesh includes the Tawang Monastery, where he took refuge in 1959 when he fled China’s crackdown in Tibet, beginning decades of exile in India, an enduring sore point between the countries.

China’s foreign ministry said the trip would gravely damage border stability. Kiren Rijiju, India’s junior home minister, responded: “As a free and democratic country, India doesn’t restrict visits by religious leaders to areas that are integral parts of the country.”

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