Amid China Protests, PM Modi Flags Off Arunachal Project

Even as China reiterated its objections to Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for an all-weather tunnel under Se La, a critical mountain pass connecting Tawang to the rest of the state, which will allow faster troop mobility along the border.

Officials said the strategically important, Se La (La means pass) tunnel project will take the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) around three years to complete. The cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 687 crore.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China’s position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognised the so called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary.”

China urges the Indian side to proceed from the overall situation of bilateral relations, respect China’s interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations between the two countries, and refrain from any actions that intensify disputes and complicate the border issue,” Chunying said using words a little stronger than usual.

The proposed all-weather tunnel is expected to help impart a much-needed strategic thrust to Indian military forces against China. Read more

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