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Strategically Significant Highway : China

Strategically Significant Highway : China:

China has completed the construction of a strategically significant highway enabling greater access to remote areas along the disputed border with Arunachal Pradesh in India.

  • The construction began in 2014 and is part of a wider infrastructure push in border areas in Tibet.
  • The highway passes through the Grand Canyon of the Brahmaputra river (Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet).
  • The Brahmaputra is the longest river in Tibet and its valley is the world’s deepest with a 7,000-metre drop from the highest mountain peak to the lowest basin.
  • It connects Pad Township in the city of Nyingchi and Medog County.
  • Nyingchi and Medog County both are located in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), China.
  • Medog is the last county in Tibet, which is located close to the Arunachal Pradesh border.
  • China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet, which is firmly rejected by India.
  • The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • The Highway will shorten the road length connecting the city proper of Nyingchi and Medog County and will reduce the travel time by eight hours.