No one can warn India, Rajnath reacts to China’s comment on Arunachal road plan
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on
Thursday reacted to the comments made by China over India’s plan to construct a
highway along Arunachal border with China, saying no one can warn India.
Stressing India’s position, Rajnath said that both Inida and China should sit
together to solve the border issue.
“Today, no one can give warning to India. We are a
very powerful country,” he told reporters.
China on Wednesday sharply reacted to India’s plans to
construct a road network along the McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh. It also
said that India should not take any action which may complicate the situation
before a final settlement is reached to end the boundary dispute.
“There is a dispute about the eastern part of the
China- India border. Before final settlement is reached we hope that India will
not take any action that may further complicate the situation,” Foreign
Ministry Spokesman Hong Lie said in Beijing.
“We should jointly safeguard the peace and
tranquillity of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final
settlement of the border issue,” he said.
Forces of the two countries were locked in a
stare-down at Chumur in Ladakh for a fortnight beginning September 11, which
clouded the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day India visit.
For days, soldiers of the Chinese PLA and Indian Army
personnel were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation in the area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the matter twice
with the Chinese president. Tension erupted when some Chinese workers crossed
over with equipment to build a road up five kilometre deep inside the Indian
territory. A marathon flag meeting between the two armies facilitated an end to
The Home Minister on Tuesday reviewed the prevailing
situation along the 3,488 km-long border with China and steps being taken to
stop incursions in future.
Earlier, India had proposed its plan to embark on an
ambitious road project along the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh.