India has reacted sharply to Chinese objections on its road construction project along the MacMahon line with a stern home minister Rajnath Singh saying no country can warn India.
"Today, no country can give warning to India. India has emerged as a strong country in the world. As far as Indo-China border issue is concerned, I think China should sit with India and resolve this issue," said Rajnath Singh after attending the raising day event of elite counter-terror force, the National Security Guard (NSG) on Thursday.
Two days back, Rajnath’s deputy in the home ministry Kiren Rijiju had announced in Arunachal Pradesh that India will construct a road network along McMahon line from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh to match China's infrastructure development.
"There is a dispute about the eastern part of the China-India border. Before 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.
Watch: No one can warn India: Rajnath Singh on China’s objection to Arunachal road
According to government sources, more measures are coming to improve infrastructure at Sino-India border, specifically in Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The three-day India visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping was marred due to hostilities at line of actual control in Jammu and Kashmir. For days, soldiers of the Chinese PLA and Indian Army personnel were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation in the area.
Earlier in his address at the raising day function, Singh called for joint efforts at the international-level to tackle terrorism as it is not limited to one country.
He added that the central government was planning to increase the number of female commandos.
At the moment there are 25 women commandos in the NSG. Some of them have been deployed with its two women protectees- former chief ministers Mayawati and Jayalalitha. But sources say the NSG doesn’t want to dilute its standards for the sake inducting more women commandos, therefore the force is looking at options where it can use women commandos and then induct them accordingly.