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‘No One Can Give A Warning to India,’ says Home Minister

After China objected India on building 2,000 km long road along the border in Arunachal Pradesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that no one can give a warning to India.

Singh said, "No one can give a warning to India. India is a powerful nation now." He said on the sidelines of the 30th Raising Day ceremony of the National Security Guards (NSG) in Manesar, on the outskirts Delhi. On Wednesday, China has said that India should not take any action that may complicate the situation in disputed border areas.

He said that as far as China is concerned, “both countries should sit together and discuss the issues." He said, "India has grown in strength. Both sides should resolve the border issue through dialogue."

The remarks come in the wake of comments made Tuesday by India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju that there were plans to construct a 2,000-km-long road along the international border between Mago-Thingbu in Tawang district and Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

China had reportedly asked Delhi not to “further complicate” the dispute over the border issue. According to reports, an official from the Home Ministry’s border management department revealed to a news agency, "China has already spread their network of roads and rail network near the border. Whatever we make on our territory should not be a concern of China."

However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "Before the border problem is solved, we hope the Indian side will not take any action that could further complicate the relevant issue, so as to preserve the current situation of peace and stability in the border area."

In September, the government has eased environmental and other curbs on building roads and military facilities within 100 km of the border in Arunachal Pradesh to hasten the construction of some 6,000 km of roads.

Meanwhile, according to reports, India is concerned about China’s development of airports and extensive road and railway networks in Tibet, which can give Beijing the ability to mobilize troops quickly along the border.

(With inputs from IANS)

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