After Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadiya that connects Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, China has warned India not to develop infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh. Chinese Foreign Ministry said that India needs to be cautious and practice restrain when building infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh. “We hope India adopts a cautious and restrained attitude on the issue before the final settlement of the border issue with China to jointly control disputes, safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry. It further said that China’s stand on the eastern part of the China-Indian border areas is clear and consistent.
It may be recalled that China claims parts of Arunachal Pradesh as its own and has named it South Tibet. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the territorial disputes between India and China need to be resolved through consultations and negotiations. The 9.2 km Dhola-Sadiya Bridge is worrying China since it will allow swift movement of Indian troops to boost its defense against China. The bridge will reduce travel distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km and travel time by 5 hours. It has been especially deigned to withstand the load of 60-ton armored tanks.