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QUESTION NO.4331 INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY CHINA ALONG BORDERS

April 05, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.4331
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.04.2018


INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY CHINA ALONG BORDERS

4331. SHRI PARTAP SINGH BAJWA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the activities of Chinese authorities have stalled several developmental works going on in the border areas of the country;

(b) if so, the details thereof during the last three years, State-wise and the action taken to resume the work;

(c) whether Government is aware of massive infrastructure built up including road/rail links by China, right upto the international border and also in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK); and

(d) if so, the details thereof including the threat posed to the security of the country, as a result thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(GEN. (DR) V.K. SINGH (RETD))


(a) & (b) Government gives careful and specific attention to the improvement of infrastructure for the development of border areas in order to facilitate the economic development of these areas as also to meet India’s strategic and security requirements. Government does not allow foreign governments to interfere with Government’s right to undertake such improvement of infrastructure within India’s territory.

(c) & (d) Government is aware that under its ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, China is undertaking projects for development of infrastructure facilities in several countries in the region. Government is also aware that China is executing infrastructure projects in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). China is assisting Pakistan in the development of the so-called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC). Some of the proposed projects under CPEC are in PoK.

With regard to China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, Government has publically articulated its firm belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality, and must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Government’s consistent position is that Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947. Government has conveyed to the Chinese side, including at the highest level, its concerns about their activities in PoK and asked them to cease these activities.

Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it.

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