China: China’s new tactic near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has come to the fore. China plans to build a new highway through the disputed Aksai Chin region, according to a highway construction plan released by Beijing last week. According to the plan, it is clear that the highway will be built along the Indian border.
After building a bridge in Pangong Tso and a village in Bhutan, China now wants to build a new road on the LAC. This road is named G695 highway. The highway project is expected to be completed by 2035.
It will be the second national highway through the disputed Aksai Chin Plateau. India claims 38,000 square kilometers of land in the area. At the same time China considers the Aksai Chin Plateau as part of its Xinjiang province and Tibet. It is noteworthy that as early as the 1950s, China built the G219 highway in the disputed area.
Over the past few months, China has been developing new plans along the border to quickly deploy its troops and equipment along the LAC. India has also built new roads and bridges on its border. With this new road being built near the LAC, China wants to strengthen its grip on these areas.
The new road passes through the Aksai Chin, south of India, Nepal and Bhutan, and crosses the border of Arunachal Pradesh to Lhunze in southeastern Tibet. According to China’s plan, this Chinese road will also pass through Kiarong County, near the Nepalese border. But the full details of the new construction project have not been clarified.
Details of the new construction are unclear. But if completed, the highway could move closer to hotly contested areas like the Debsang Plains, Galvan Valley and Hot Springs on the LAC, their report said.
After the 16th round of talks between the two countries on July 17, no concrete solution has been found so far regarding withdrawal from these areas. In such a situation, it seems that China is trying to create tension for India with China’s new road project in LAC through the new highway project.