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China proposes freeze on infra development on LAC, India to reject

China has proposed freezing of infrastructure development along the border under a new pact but it is set to be rejected by India which is in the process of building infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

China has made the proposal as part of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) which is under negotiation between the two countries, highly-placed sources said.

In the proposal, which is in the form of a paragraph in the BDCA, the Chinese side has said there should be a freeze on development of infrastructure in any ‘disputed area,’ they said.

India is set to reject the proposal in its response expected to be conveyed to China by the end of this month, sources said.

India is in the process of major infrastructure building exercise along the LAC and the proposal appears to be aimed at scuttling that. BDCA was proposed during the Defence Secretary-level talks earlier this year.
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