Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday sought to counter China’s tough stance on the proposed border road in Arunachal Pradesh by asserting that India was too powerful a nation to be warned by another.
“No country can give a warning to India. India has become a powerful nation of the world and China wants India’s friendship,” Mr. Singh said on the sidelines of the NSG Raising Day celebrations in Manesar, 50 km from here.
“This dispute should be resolved,” he added.
The Union Home Minister was responding to a question on China’s sharp reaction to the government’s plan to construct the road in the Northeastern State.
“There is a dispute about the eastern part of the China-India border. Before the final settlement is reached, we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate the situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lie had said in Beijing after India revealed its plans.
Mr. Singh’s deputy in the Home ministry, Kiran Rijiju, had said in Itanagar earlier this week that the Centre was planning to construct a road along the international boundary from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district, along the McMohan line.