Indo-China Border: Himachal Pradesh In Danger After Ladakh Clash

China has accelerated road construction along the international border of Himachal Pradesh amid the ongoing stand-off over LAC in Ladakh.

Jessica David

July 28, 2020

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Even as China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) remains adamant against withdrawing its troops who intruded into eastern Ladakh and BJP MP Tapir Gao indicates PLA intrusions in Arunachal Pradesh, China also appears to be eyeing the border of Himachal Pradesh with China Occupied Tibet (COT), with a view to creating more dispute. China has accelerated road construction along the international border in Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts amid the ongoing Indo-China stand-off over the international boundaries in Ladakh. The heightened activities of PLA have raised concern for the Himachal Pradesh government.

China has no illegal claims in the area until now. Himachal Pradesh shares a 260 km border with COT which is quite porous. Of the total border length, 140 km is in Kinnaur district and 80 km of the border falls in Lahaul-Spiti district. After the June 15 clash between Indian Army and PLA in Galwan Valley area, the Himachal Pradesh Police had issued an advisory to police chiefs of border districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti to institute precautionary measures to ensure the security of the population and collect intelligence.

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