India stops work on road after China objects

India stops work on road after China objects

Srinagar: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) have stopped work on a mountainous road near the border with China after objections from the Chinese army, an official said, underlining a festering row over the border.

The 8 km road was being built in the remote Demchok area of Buddhist-dominated Ladakh area near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a military line that divides Kashmir and the part held by China.

“The construction work at the road has been stopped by the Chinese army, saying that the area belonged to them, and no road would be constructed," Tsering Dorjay, chief executive councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, told Reuters Television.

“The road was well within Indian territory."

Tensions have risen between the two countries in the last few months over reports in the Indian media about border intrusions by the Chinese army.

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China considers to be south Tibet, has added to the mistrust between the neighbours.

The Asian giants are also jostling for global resources and influence.

But Beijing said last month that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir crisis bilaterally after Kashmir’s main separatist alliance said China had a role to play in peace talks.