China opens new highway in Tibet close to Arunachal border
New Delhi: Weeks after the resolution of Doklam stand-off, China has opened a new expressway in Tibet leading up to Nyingchi, a place close to India’s border.
Owing to its compatibility for military movement, the new highway is bound to set alarm bells ringing in the Indian security installations.
The 409-km expressway, costing about $ 5.8 billion connects Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa to Nyingchi, which is close to Arunachal Pradesh border.
The expressway cuts Lhasa-Nyingchi travel time from eight to five hours at a speed limit of 80 km per hour.
Most of the expressways in Tibet are also compatible for military equipment, providing advantage for the Chinese military to move its troops and weaponry faster.
The massive infrastructure development in Tibet also prompted India to ramp up infrastructure on its side.
Heavy trucks are temporarily banned from using the Lhasa- Nyingchi expressway, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control. While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covers the Aksai Chin area, which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.