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India’s plan to seal border with Pakistan leaves China ‘worried’

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India’s plan to completely seal its border with Pakistan has apparently caused a sort of disquiet in China with Beijing saying the move will only complicate the relations between two Asian nations.

A state-run Chinese media has termed India’s move as “irrational”.

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“India is making a very irrational decision, since no exhaustive investigation has been conducted after the Uri incident, and no evidence proves Pakistan is behind the attack,” PTI quoted Hu Zhiyong as saying in the state-run Global Times.

Hu is a research fellow from the official think-tank Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy.

According to him, a “completely sealed” border will further hinder the already scarce border trade and talks between the two countries.

“The country’s decision reflects its Cold War mentality, and would only cause deeper hatred among residents living in Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir,” PTI quotes Hu as saying further.

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Another Chinese expert Wang Dehua too reportedly made similar observations saying a sealed border would only disrupt peace efforts made by the two sides.

Wang happens to be the director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies.

The observations come in the backdrop of India’s proposed plan to seal its border with Pakistan and just ahead of Chinese premier Xi Jinping’s visit to India this week to take part in the BRICS summit at Goa.

Last week, India’s federal home minister Rajnath Singh had announced to completely seal its border with the neighbour nation in the next two years.

“This is time bound, it will be done by 2018 December. We are readying action plan for that,” Singh told the media after reviewing security in border States with chief ministers.

He added the Home Ministry had decided to seal the border with Pakistan within the set deadline.

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