India’s military intelligence (MI) has picked up credible reports about the presence of at least 834 Chinese personnel working on road and hydroelectric infrastructure projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Chinese participation in projects in PoK was discussed on Tuesday in a meeting between defence minister AK Antony and visiting Chinese defence minister General Liang Guanglie. Liang has told an Indian newspaper not a single soldier of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is present in PoK.
While India has asked China to cease participation in infrastructure projects in PoK, MI reports have said 735 Chinese nationals are working at the site of the ongoing $2.89-billion, 963MW Neelum-Jhelum hydroelectric project, executed by a Chinese consortium, near the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Apart from this, the Indian Army headquarters is also aware of 99 Chinese nationals working on the 84-km Muzaffarabad-Athmuqam road project.