China warns India over Dhola-Sadiya bridge

New Delhi

China asked India to be cautious over building infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh. The warning came after inauguration of Dhola-Sadiya bridge by PM Modi,  which is India’s longest bridge  and connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said “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 tranquillity in the border areas,”  “China’s position on the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border areas is consistent and clear.”

China said both country should resolve territorial disputes through negotiations and consultations between the two countries.

The 9.2-km bridge over the Brahmaputra river is expected to cut the distance and travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km and five hours.

China claims a part of Arunachal as its own and calls it South Tibet, though India has repeatedly asserted its sovereignty over the entire state. Bejing recently renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh and said that doing so was its “lawful right”