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China objects, India obliges

December 3, 2009

Express News Service

First Published : 01 Dec 2009 05:04:00 AM IST

NEW DELHI: After Chinese objections to construction of a road in a
forward area of south-eastern Ladakh, India today claimed that the
incident could be a result of different perception of the Line of Actual
Control (LAC). New Delhi is said to be ?concerned? about the fresh
dispute in the area, where Chinese troops have reportedly been painting
the rocks and writing messages in Mandarin.

Pallam Raju, Minister of State for Defence, said the matter is being
inquired. ?We will inquire into the matter. The whole problem arises in
the different perception of the actual border. That is why it has
possibly been stopped,? he said.

Work on the road to link the Demchok village, located 300 kilometers
south-east of Leh, beyond India?s last post in the Ladakh region was
stopped in October after objections by China.

The road was being constructed under the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme to connect two remote villages, Demchok being the last
settlement on the Indian side.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has also drawn the
Centre?s attention to the incident. The government is planning to take
up the matter through diplomatic channels with Beijing, sources said.

Officials claim that the construction of road was well within the Indian
territory. The 3.8 kilometer stretch was almost complete when Chinese
army personnel intervened and stopped further construction.

The Chinese army had also raised the issue in a flag meeting with their
Indian counterpart.

The People?s Liberation Army troops have adopted aggressive tactics and
there have been several reports of violation of the LAC. The ministry of
external affairs is likely to intervene and take up the matter with the
Chinese foreign office through diplomatic channels.
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