Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the budget for building roads and bridges along the Chinese border will be doubled in response to China’s rapid infrastructure improvements on the other side.
The Chinese frequently criticize Indian construction projects near the border as provocative — occasionally leading to physical, but so far non-military, altercations between Indian and Chinese troops in the Himalayas.
“Our government too has stepped up the budget for border infrastructure development to about double the previous levels. As a result, more roads and bridges have been completed in the border areas,” Singh told a meeting of the Indian parliament, without providing more precise details.
Singh also said that despite much talk of de-escalation and disengagement along the border, formally known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China has “mobilized a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC as well as in the