NEW DELHI, March 4 � The Central Government is paying special attention on the development of infrastructure in the border areas opposite China following reports that Beijing is developing rail links in the Tibet and Xingjian Autonomous Region.
The Government of India is aware that China is developing rail links in the border regions opposite India in the
Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions, including the proposed extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway line up to Nyingchi, Minister of State for External Affairs, E Ahmed said.
The Government of India is giving careful and special attention to the development of infrastructure in the border areas opposite China, in order to meet the strategic and security requirements and also to facilitate the economic development of these areas,� the Minister said.
The States includes Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim. The Government of India is keeping a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India�s security and taking all necessary measures to safeguard it, he said.
Ahmed further said that the Government of India is aware of China�s enhanced economic and technological capabilities in execution of infrastructure projects in developing countries.
Meanwhile, New Delhi has said it has seen media reports that said that immediately after Chinese Premier�s visit to India, Beijing started citing Indo-China border to be 2000 km-long, which in fact is 3448 km in length.
China disputes the international boundary between India and China, and it also regards Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed region that should be settled properly through dialogue between India and Pakistan, the Minister said.
During the visit by Chinese Premier in December, the two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction on the special representative level talks on the boundary questions and reaffirmed the need to maintain peace and tranquility on the border pending a resolution of the boundary question.