Connect with us

Asia Pacific

How Beijing Is Taking India-China Border Conflict Into A Point Of No Return?

Currently, India and China are involved in a dangerous standoff in the eastern Ladakh after a violent clash broke out at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan valley that resulted in 20 Indian casualties.

Published

on

Ladakh has long been a flashpoint between India and China and amid flaring tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours Beijing has again raised its claim on Arunachal Pradesh calling it a part of “South Tibet region”. 

A Cue For India: Taiwan Shows Way Forward To Counter Attacking Chinese Forces

In a press conference, answering the question about reports of five missing Indian youths from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said that “the Chinese government has never recognized the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh” illegally established on the Chinese territory. I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.” 

As reported earlier by EurAsian Times, Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering had claimed that five youths were abducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA)Ering also stated that the five people had gone for fishing when they were abducted by the Chinese Army.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju responded to a journalist’s tweet on Sunday asking about the update on the five Indians that are reportedly abducted by the PLA. Rijiju said “the Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited.”

Currently, the two nuclear-armed neighbours are involved in a dangerous standoff in the eastern Ladakh after a violent clash broke out at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan valley that resulted in 20 Indian casualties.

As per other reports, Chinese PLA troops had engaged in provocative action at least twice in the last two weeks in the south bank of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake. However, the Indian army was able to “prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo” at the LAC, the Foreign Ministry had said, emphasizing that there were no physical clashes between the two sides. 

On Monday, the PLA’s Western Theater Command spokesperson Col Zhang Shuili had accused Indian troops of “outrageously firing shots on Chinese border patrols soldiers who were about to negotiate,” the Communist Party-run Global Times newspaper reported.

Under 1996 bilateral agreement signed by both sides, “neither side shall open fire or conduct blast operations within 2 km of the Line of Actual Control”.

INDIA-CHINA

INDIA-CHINA BORDER CONFLICT

PLA had accused India of violating the agreement. Indian Army responded saying that Chinese troops fired shots in the air as an intimidation tactic and attempted to close in on an Indian position in eastern Ladakh a day earlier as it rejected charges by China’s PLA that it transgressed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Indian Army has also called the statement by the PLA as “an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.”

For the first time in 45 years, shots were fired at the LAC. The move to reclaim the territory of Arunachal Pradesh could further escalate the tensions extending the flashpoint from the current LAC in eastern Ladakh to the McMohan Line in Arunachal Pradesh. Both the sides have been trying to disengage through military and diplomatic channels but there hasn’t been much success. 

However, this isn’t the first time that China has laid claim on Arunachal Pradesh. In February, Beijing had objected to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh to attend a 34th Statehood Day function.

“China’s position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China’s Tibet region, is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh”, Geng Shuang, the then spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a media briefing. 

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shot back saying that Arunachal was an “integral, inalienable part” of India and added that “objecting to a visit of any leader of India to Arunachal Pradesh does not stand to reason and understanding of India”.

This time the Chinese reaction comes at a time when the Defence Ministers of two sides met in Moscow to ease up the tensions between the two countries on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. 

According to the McMohan line drawn by British India in 1938, Arunachal Pradesh falls within the Indian territory. Although China continues to claim the territory as part of Tibet which it had occupied in 1951. “We should not take account of Line of Actual Control (LAC), instead we should only recognise the McMahon Line,” said Eastern Arunachal Member of Parliament (MP) Tapir Gao.

“In a conversation with Jaswant Singh, former Defence/Finance minister, who was serving as an Army captain in Arunachal Pradesh during 1964-66, he told me that Indian Army had eight camps beyond Ashafila and each camp had at least 5 to 8 km distance. But now, we cannot even claim Ashafila,” added the MP.

In a report by IANS, China had included parts of Arunachal Pradesh within its international boundaries, an updated version issued by Sky Map had revealed. Sky Map, China’s authority on digital maps, is constructed and operated by a unit directly under Beijing”s National Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information Bureau. 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

Capital-of-Israel-Jerusalem Capital-of-Israel-Jerusalem
Featured2 hours ago

How Sworn Enemies Pakistan & Israel Are Supporting Azerbaijan While Armenia Gets Russian & Indian Backing?

The tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia are at its peak with deadly attacks that shook the Armenian-controlled Karabakh in the...

F-35-INDIA F-35-INDIA
Americas13 hours ago

Not F-35 Jets or F-22 Raptors, This Is The World’s 1st Stealth Aircraft & Still The Fastest Ever

The United States along with Russia are front-runners when it comes to devising modern technology and blending it with state-of-the-art...

INDIA-CHINA INDIA-CHINA
Asia Pacific15 hours ago

China Could Soon Deploy ‘Unmanned Helicopters’ In Ladakh As Tensions Mount With India

With the diplomatic and military talks in progress between the high ranking officials of New Delhi and Beijing, Indian and...

Capital-of-Israel-Jerusalem Capital-of-Israel-Jerusalem
Featured16 hours ago

Three Islamic Countries That May Never Recognize Israel Despite The Acceptance Of Saudi Arabia?

In the wake of the ongoing developments, when clouds of war are hovering over India and China / Pakistan, perhaps...

missile missile
Featured17 hours ago

Russian & Israeli Origin Missiles Deployed In Ladakh As India Looks To Keep China At Bay

Amid heightening tensions in Eastern Ladakh with China, India has reportedly deployed BrahMos and Nirbhay cruise missiles along with Akash...

C-17-GLOBEMASTER C-17-GLOBEMASTER
Expert Reviews18 hours ago

Not Rafale Jets, But C-17 Globemasters Will Be The Real ‘Game Changer’ In India-China Clash At Ladakh

With neither of the two neighbours India or China ready to put their sword down, Ladakh continues to become a...

BALOCHISTAN BALOCHISTAN
Featured23 hours ago

Afghan Peace Talks: Afghanistan’s Chief Peace Negotiator Lands In Pakistan

Afghan Peace Talks: Abdullah Abdullah will meet Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi,...

INDIAN-NAVY INDIAN-NAVY
Expert Reviews24 hours ago

Three Regions Where India Is Silently ‘Choking’ China & A Furious Beijing Has No Answer?

While China is finding itself getting entangled in serious standoffs with several countries including India and the US, it is...

LASER-WEAPONS LASER-WEAPONS
Americas1 day ago

DRDO Accelerates Work On ‘Laser Weapons’; But Where Does India Stand Against China, Russia & The US?

There might be a possibility that future global conflicts including between India and China could be fought with Star Wars-type...

turkey-Pakistan-ties turkey-Pakistan-ties
EurAsian Region1 day ago

Turkey, Pakistan Vow Full Support To Azerbaijan Against Armenia; US, Iran Call For De-Escalation

The Middle East and Asian nations expressed their concern over escalating clashes between Armenian forces and Azerbaijani military in the...

Advertisement