New Delhi: China, frustrated, as it failed in achieving anything on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh in front of the Indian Army, is vying to open a new front. China is preparing to set up a village on the Arunachal Pradesh border and is building houses in the village. A private news agency released this report and published satellite photographs of the location. The foreign ministry has reacted on the report and has said that India was keeping an eye on the Chinese constructions. The foreign ministry reassured the country that India is taking all the necessary steps for protecting its sovereignty.
China is building houses in this area and is attempting to set up a village on the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh. China is carrying out these activities on the banks of Sarichu river. India has taken serious cognisance of the activity. This is a disputed territory. China is building nearly 101 houses in this area. The foreign ministry clarified that the Indian eyes are already focused on these Chinese activities.
While China is carrying out construction in this area, India has undertaken the development of infrastructural facilities in the region. As per this roads and bridges etc, are being built. The foreign ministry clarified the government position in the matter saying that the government is committed that the people of the region should be benefitted. The foreign ministry also informed that China has been issued warnings not to indulge into any activities posing a challenge to the Indian sovereignty.
Meanwhile, reports had been received that following the failure of all the possible attempts on the LAC in Ladakh, China is trying to pressurise India with infiltration attempts through other parts of the LAC. Indian Army and Airforce, taking the possibility of Chinese movements into account, has made necessary preparations for strong retaliation. Army Chief General MM Naravane recently announced that the Indian Army is alert, not only on the Ladakh, but on the entire LAC with China.
Defence Chief General Bipin Rawat recently visited the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh. Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, also visited the IAF bases in the Arunachal Pradesh region to assess defence preparedness. Therefore, it is clear that India is keenly following the Chinese activities in the region.
The military analysts are warning that China will try to pressurise India in every possible way to show that it was superior in the border dispute. China has increased activities near the Bhutan border for this purpose. But the Indian defence forces replied aptly, increasing the deployment in Bhutan border region. Now, these activities near the Arunachal Pradesh border are more alerting for India.
In the past, China has claimed that Arunachal Pradesh is south Tibet and therefore is a part of China. Moreover, China has consistently objected to the visits of Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh. But India has refused to take any cognisance of these Chinese claims saying that there is no truth. Against this background, the Chinese activities on the Arunachal Pradesh border are a Chinese attempt to intensify India’s border dispute.
The Indian Foreign Minister had pointed out to China that the sun is setting on the possibility of improving relations between India and China, due to these Chinese activities. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar had criticised that whatever China had earned since the Indo-China war in 1962, has been entirely lost due to the Ladakh sector’s Chinese actions.