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China's Road Construction At Tri-Junction Border Is To Gain Strategic Advantage: Experts

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| June 29 , 2017 , 07:47 IST

In the midst of unstable relations with China and frequent accusations flying both ways, China's aggressive road building in the Chumbi valley in the tri-junction border area between China, India, and Bhutan is being touted by experts as an attempt to gain strategic advantage in the area. 

India had initially stopped the road building attempt of China, which was reciprocated by Chinese troops destroying Indian bunkers. Recently, China accused Indian Army troops of trespassing over the border in Sikkim and shut down the path for the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage via the Nathu La route.  

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Ashok Kantha, former envoy to China was quoted by Times of India as saying, "While both sides broadly agree on the alignment of the boundary in the Sikkim Sector, there are differences on the tri-junction point, which involves India, Bhutan, and China. There are also differences between India and China on interpretation of the watershed boundary in this sector. What is a matter of concern is that instead of dealing with the situation that has arisen as in Chumar and Demchok in 2014 or Depsang in 2013, China is expanding the differences by suspending the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu La, which has a wider resonance at the popular level in India. This is an unfortunate escalation by China."

China has been making efforts to widen the Chumbi Valley, which has become a matter of concern for India. Currently, India is in a strategically advantageous position in the Chumbi Valley and Bhutan looks to India to be its security guarantor. Bhutan has been in conflict with China since the Bhutanese King refused to give up a key ridge in the area to China.

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"India should not allow Chinese roads to be built to Chumbi Valley. This is part of China's expansionist designs which would compromise Bhutanese and Indian security," TOI quoted an anonymous expert as saying.

Defending its stand in the Chumbi valley, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, "India wants to raise an issue with this part. I should say it doesn't belong to Bhutan, nor does it belong to India. So we have complete legal basis for this. Chinese construction of the road project is legitimate and normal action on its territory. No other country has the right to interfere."

David Nora

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