China tells India to be cautious after the inauguration of Dhola-Sadiya bridge
New Delhi: China had asked India to be "cautious" after exercise
"restraint" over building the longest bridge in Arunachal Pradesh, days after
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country's longest bridge
linking Assam with the state claimed by Beijing.
"We hope India adopts a cautious and
restrained attitude on t he issue before the final settlement of the border
issue with China to jointly control dispute, safeguard peace and tranquility in
the border areas," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
"China's position on the eastern
section of the Sino-India border a areas is consistent and clear," a statement
in Chinese said.
China and India have a dragging border
dispute as Beijing claims Arunchal Pradesh as its own, and refers to it as 'southern
Last week, PM Modi inaugurated the 9.15
km Doha-Sadiya bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern
state of Assam, is the country longest bridge. The bridge is strong enough to
carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel time from Assam to the
disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Last month, China protested strongly over
the visit of Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh. Beijing considers the 81-year-old
spiritual leader a separatist. While, India said that visit was just to promote
religious harmony and had no political coloring.