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Sino-Indian trade post 'quietly' opened in Ladakh: Report
September 02, 2003 18:40 IST
India and China have 'quietly' decided to open the border in the Ladakh area of Kashmir, says the Daily Times, a Pakistan news portal.
According to the report, work on the proposed custom station in the Chumthang belt, the gateway to Chinese Tibet, has already begun, and this will be the fourth trading station on the Sino-Indian border.
'For the past month, there has been an outbreak of activity at the customs preventive station (CPS) at Nyoma in Ladakh. Sources in the Jammu and Kashmir government said that customs authorities have conveyed that they are setting up a complete land custom station (LCS) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at the border post. They have also sought land to build the custom station. This will be the first LCS in in Kashmir JK, though there are a few CPS to prevent smuggling in the Jammu region along the Pakistan border, ' the report says.
It goes on to say that the new route connects Damchok, the last habitation on the Indian side with the Tashigang belt of Tibet. 'The area is of strategic importance and movement is restricted beyond Nyoma.
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