New Delhi: The Arakan Army, a terrorist organisation from Myanmar, is repeatedly targeting the Kaladan Infrastructure projects being built by India and Myanmar. An intelligence agency report claimed that China is secretly supplying arms to the Arakan Army for the purpose and targeting the Indian interests in Myanmar with the help of these terrorists.
At the beginning of this month, Indian Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla had a noteworthy visit to Myanmar. After completion of the Kaladan project between India and Myanmar, the distance between Kolkata and Mizoram will reduce by a thousand kilometres. This project will provide a new gateway to the northeastern states. China is extremely upset as the project is nearing completion. Therefore, China is trying to attack the project with the help of Arakan army. The report makes it clear that substantial evidence is available that China is supplying arms to this terrorist organisation.
In the month of June, Thailand military seized a big haul of Chinese arms. The haul was worth about USD 1 million. The report clarified that this arms haul was for the Arakan Army. A major haul of Chinese weapons also had been seized from the Rakhine province of Myanmar in February. The intelligence officials warned that China has supplied surface to surface missiles to the Arakan Army.
A few days ago, the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army had been engaged in an encounter. Soldiers from all the three Myanmar defence forces had entered the fray. The report also points out that there have been more than 600 encounters between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar security forces in the last year.
The joint project, Kaladan, and the Sittwe port being developed jointly by India and Myanmar will soon be operational. India will also be supplying a submarine to Myanmar. Myanmar, who is strengthening this cooperation with India, has withdrawn from a few of the projects under the ambitious Chinese scheme Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This has increased Chinese concerns. Therefore, China seems to be plotting to rock India by attacking the Kaladan projects through the Arakan Army.