Fresh security concerns in India arose as China is building a bridge across the Pangong Lake in the frontier region of Ladakh in Indian-administered Kashmir.
India’s foreign ministry said the government was actively “monitoring” the construction as the bridge was in areas that have been “under the illegal occupation by China for around 60 years now.”
“The government has been taking all necessary steps to ensure that our security interests are fully protected,” Ministry Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said.
The construction of the 400-meter-long and 8-meter-wide bridge along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between the two nuclear powers, was spotted through high-resolution satellite images, Indian media reports said last week.
“The Chinese are very good at building infrastructure on the border areas and this is just one example of that,” New Delhi-based security expert Ajai Shukla said.
Shukla also said the bridge is a part of Chinese infrastructure along the LAC “so that they can move well, move quickly and deploy their forces quickly.”
“That is the standard Chinese way of border management,” Shukla added.
“The absence of roads and tracks and motorable sort of infrastructure means India can deploy much more slowly compared with China and because of that China has an advantage.”
Meanwhile, the tensions led to a spike in military infrastructures on both sides of the disputed border.
According to Indian media reports, the Border Roads Organisation had completed more than 100 projects in 2021, most of which are closer to the border with China.
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