Wen Jiabao lands as China finishes tunnel to border

Chinese engineers blasted through the last part of a tunnel that will connect Metok in Tibet Autonomous Region, bordering Arunachal Pradesh, to the rest of the country on Wednesday. The news broke shortly after Chinese premier Wen Jiabao arrived in New Delhi for a three-day visit.

The two sides are likely to discuss the border dispute that includes Beijing’s claim over the northeastern state during Wen’s visit. India and China have held 14 rounds of talks to resolve the dispute so far.

Metok, the region’s last isolated county, is also the place where the Brahmaputra enters India. Recently, New Delhi conveyed its concerns to Beijing over China’s plans to build a dam on the river.

China has spent $20 billion on developing infrastructure in Tibet, causing concern in New Delhi as it provides Beijing the capability to move troops quickly to the areas bordering India.


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