Friday 18 April 2014
News updated at 4:53 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

China opens strategic Tibet highway near Indian border

Beijing, Nov 1, 2013 (PTI)
China has opened a key 117-km highway connecting a remote part of Tibet located near the frontier with Arunachal Pradesh, with analysts saying the road will help safeguard sovereignty and territory as the region borders India. AP File Photo. For Representation Only.

China has opened a key 117-km highway connecting a remote part of Tibet located near the frontier with Arunachal Pradesh, with analysts saying the road will help safeguard sovereignty and territory as the region borders India.

The highway links the strategically important Medog county in Tibet to the rest of China, ending the region's status as the only one in the country inaccessible by road.

The highway will also "help safeguard China's sovereignty and territory, as the county borders India", state-run China Daily quoted experts as saying today.


The reference to India is significant as China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet in its border dispute with India.

The road was opened about a week after India and China signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit here last month to address contentious border incursions and aggressive patrolling by the People's Liberation Army.

Special Representatives of the two sides have so far held 16 rounds of talks to resolve the boundary dispute.

Infrastructure development in border areas has also become a contentious issue in recent years between the Indian and Chinese armies.

China has developed Tibet with a string of five airports and rail and road links going up to the Indian border, giving it a strategic advantage in swiftly moving its troops.

At the same time, Beijing apparently has been objecting to similar development taken up by India to beef up infrastructure on its side.

Briefing the media during Singh’s visit, India Ambassador S Jaishankar said the BDCA would not come in the way of India developing its border areas and this work would go on.

The highway was completed after seven failed attempts over the past five decades. China first attempted to build the road in the 1960s, shortly after the 1962 war with India, state media reported. 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Voters cross a wooden bridge on the Chenab river to reach a polling station to cast their vote...

Voters cross a wooden bridge on the Chenab river to reach a polling station to cast their vote...

Farmers covering the paddy sacks after heavy rains in Patiala...

Farmers covering the paddy sacks after heavy rains in Patiala...

Women walk through a wheat field on their way to a polling station to cast their votes...

Women walk through a wheat field on their way to a polling station to cast their votes...

People play cricket on a road during voting for Lok Sabha polls in Patna...

People play cricket on a road during voting for Lok Sabha polls in Patna...

People arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Ajmer district in the desert...

People arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Ajmer district in the desert...

Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan (C) poses for a picture after inspecting..

Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan (C) poses for a picture after inspecting..

Voters click pictures of their inked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha polls at a ...

Voters click pictures of their inked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha polls at a ...

Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani showing inked finger with his wife Rohini...

Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani showing inked finger with his wife Rohini...

Voters wait in a queue to cast votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Chikmagalur on Thursday. PTI...

Voters wait in a queue to cast votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Chikmagalur on Thursday. PTI...

India's new Naval Chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan inspects a Guard of Honour at Defence...

India's new Naval Chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan inspects a Guard of Honour at Defence...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523