søndag 4. juli 2021

Unabating Tension With China Spurs India’s Border Infrastructure Efforts

India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh was in the Ladakh region earlier in the week to inaugurate 63 bridges spread across six states and two union territories. This was the area where Indian and Chinese forces clashed last year and where they are still eyeball-to-eyeball. New Delhi’s disappointment that several rounds of negotiations with China have not helped in easing tension across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the area means that India is continuing to build up its infrastructure.

Of the 63 bridges, 11 are in the Ladakh region and four in the Jammu and Kashmir territory. Other Indian states all along the LAC are getting the rest: three in Himachal Pradesh, six in Uttarakhand, eight in Sikkim, one each in Nagaland and Manipur, and 29 in Arunachal Pradesh.