Beijing denies acknowledging the existence of the state
In another attempt to escalate situation with India, Chinese road construction teams entered about 1 kilometre inside Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh on December 28, who were forced to return after Indian troops confronted the civil and uniformed persons.
The incident came when two sides were engaged in normalising ties after the 73-day long Doklam standoff ended in August last year. The Chinese intruders left behind various equipment including excavators. The government sources said the road building equipment is lying on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The incident came to notice through alert villagers who informed the police who in turn conveyed the information to the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP).It occurred in the Bising village under Tuting subdivision in Arunachal Pradesh.
Local villagers have claimed that Chinese team members were included civilians and uniformed personnel.
The sources in New Delhi said that border patrolling personnel observed few Chinese civilians undertaking track alignment activity in the Indian territory in Tuting area. However, sourced maintained there was “no face off” between the two sides and that the issue is being resolved through the established mechanism.
On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in Beijing that his country had “never acknowledged the existence of so-called Arunachal Pradesh“, and maintained that he was “unaware” about any Chinese intrusion in the Tuting area last month.
Meanwhile, Beijing based Global Times, citing experts, has on Wednesday, reported that Indian road construction project connecting all border posts along China-India frontier could lead to new military standoffs between the two countries.
The Chinese daily referred to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s New Year visit to Nelong valley in Uttarkashi where he encouraged road construction connecting the border posts. Singh had reportedly said, “This would enhance the operational efficiency of the officers and reduce mountain-related sickness among them.”
Global Times claimed that Wang Dehua, the head of the Shanghai based Institute for South and Central Asian has said that India is clearly preparing for war, and it is drawing much experience from the defeat it swallowed in 1962.
Another expert Qian Feng, a researcher at Chinese Association for South Asian Studies told the Global Times that the road infrastructure will surely enhance Indian border force manoeuvrability, but also increases the possibility of confrontations between the patrols of the two countries as the border issues remain unsettled in many of these areas.