Indian defence minister levels new allegations against Pakistan and China at Indian borders

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Indian defence minister alleged that Pakistan and China were working to "create" border disputes with India "under a mission", multiple Indian media outlets reported link .

Singh made these remarks in a virtual event arranged for the inauguration of 44 bridges built in areas near India's borders with Pakistan and China, including occupied Kashmir, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Indian Punjab.

The bridges are meant to facilitate the movement of troops and transporting weapons, according to *NDTV*. Singh also launched the Nechiphu tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh.

"You are well aware of the situation created along our northern and eastern borders," Singh said in his virtual address.

"First Pakistan, and now also by China, as if a border dispute is being created under a mission. We have a border of about 7,000 kilometres with these countries, where the tension remains."

Singh insisted that India had been able to cope with the challenges along its borders under the "visionary" leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and "was bringing major and historical changes", *NDTV* said in its report.