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Thank To BRO, Now Indian Army Can Be Deployed Faster Near The Chinese Border

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India’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completed the construction of another crucial bridge in the state of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China which will allow the New Delhi of faster movement of men and logistics material towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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As reported by ET, BRO finished the bridge at Daporijo over the Subansiri River in Arunachal Pradesh near Doklam that witnessed a month-long military standoff in 2017 between nuclear-armed neighbors India and China.

The bridge is essential considering it will ensure adequate provision of supplies to around 3,000 Indian Army soldiers placed near the LAC and also ensure their quick mobilization particularly to the two disputed areas of Maza and Asaphila in the Daporji area.

The successful completion of the bridge is another star on BRO’s shoulders considering that it has been constructed at a time of the novel coronavirus outbreak when India is in total lockdown. The bridge was inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prema Khandu via video conferencing and was opened to traffic on the same day.

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The 430 feet bridge’s weight carrying capacity was also upgraded to 40 tons from 20 tons which will cater to future infrastructural needs of the region while allowing unhindered movement of heavy army vehicles such as artillery guns to forward areas along LAC and allow easy movement of supplies to 451 villages.

An army official who spoke to ET on the condition of anonymity said that BRO was given a two-month deadline to complete the bridge as it was vital to cater to any requirement that could come up due to the adversary, but the BRO worked 24×7 to finish the job in a month despite the COVID-19 threat.

He added that BRO continued working while taking precautions against COVID-19 so that help can be provided in case there was an outbreak of the pandemic in nearby areas.

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The new bridge at Daporijo has replaced two old bridges, one at Tamim and other at Daporijo which were essential for the movement of supplies to 3,000 troops and 451 villages near LAC and whose load carrying capacity had deteriorated due to weathering to just three tons and nine tons respectively.

BRO’s task was made further difficult by incessant rains and unscrupulous elements who did not want the work to proceed.

BRO found that cracks had developed at the Daporijo bridge even after being repaired twice earlier and was declared unsafe for movement of heavy vehicles after liaison with district administration, although traffic did not stop as it was the only lifeline in the area.

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BRO’s 23 Border Task Force and Project Arunak that is responsible for constructions in Arunachal Pradesh took over the bridge from the PWD authorities after the issue was pitched to Military Operations wing and the Defence Ministry and under the leadership Lieutenant General Harpal Singh, Director General Border Rods the project was accorded the highest priority.

India increased the pace of construction of crucial infrastructure including airports, railways, and roads in its northeast region in the past six years and has completed 74 strategic roads with plans to finish 20 more with an eye on China that has motorable roads right up to the border with India.

Arunachal Pradesh was the scene of the 1962 India-China border conflict that ended badly for India. China on its parts claims all of the state as “Southern Tibet.”

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The two countries are yet to demarcate their border with India reporting 600 Chinese incursions along the LAC in 2019, a rise of 50% compared to 2018. Experts have stated that the lack of reliable and all-weather connectivity had made India vulnerable near the LAC which has been the cause of friction between India and China.

The new bridge has come in the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and China after Beijing accused India of violating WTO’s FDI norms by barring investment from entities or individuals from countries that share a land border with India.

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NSA Ajit Doval Behind Chinese Army Withdrawal & Diffusing India-China Border Tensions

Ajit Doval, India’s fifth National Security Advisor, is popular amongst Indians and is often referred to as the Indian James Bond. Besides India-China tensions, Doval played a key role during Doklam 2017, India-Pakistan crisis of 2019 and containing militancy in the north-east.

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Ajit Doval – The Indian National Security Advisor’s intense negotiations with the Chinese camp has somewhat diffused the India-China border tensions. The Chinese Army moved back a few kilometres in the now infamous Galwan Valley after talks led by Ajit Doval.

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According to a report published by HT, Indian NSA Ajit Doval spoke with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi via video call on Sunday, as a result of which tensions between India and China seem to have simmered down.

NSA Ajit Doval (and not the Indian Foreign Minister) and the Chinese foreign minister Wang’s conversation is learnt to have focused on “full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two sides also spoke about working together to avoid such incidents in future, a top government official said.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Doval and minister Wang – two Special Representatives on the boundary issue – had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.’’

jit Doval and Wang Yi agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders and that upholding peace and tranquillity is essential for the further development of India-China ties.

India and China also agreed to respect the LAC and not take any unilateral action to try and change the status quo of the region.  The talks did have a positive impact, much of which was seen today morning.

As EurAsian Times reported earlier today, PLA troops moved back tents, vehicles, soldiers by 1-2 kilometres from where disengagement was agreed upon by at Corps Commander level talks.

Doval, India’s fifth National Security Advisor, is popular amongst Indians and is often referred to as the Indian James Bond. Doval played a key role during Doklam 2017, India-Pakistan crisis of 2019 and containing militancy in the north-east.


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On Dalai Lama’s 85th Birthday, Is It Time For India To Reset ‘One China’ Policy?

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As the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama celebrates his 85th birthday, there is a debate amongst experts whether India should reset its ‘One China’ policy. The discussions began after a host of Indian politicians sent wishes to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama in the midst of the feud with China. 

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The ‘One China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, countries recognise and have formal ties with China rather Taiwan and consider disputed territories such as Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong an inseparable part of China.

For years, India has maintained a low profile when it comes to Tibetan politics and gone at lengths to ensure that the ‘One China’ policy is not violated. In 2018, the Government of India ordered its officials to stay away from a rally marking 60 years of Dalai Lama in India.

Tibet has been a bone of contention between New Delhi and Beijing since 1959 when Dalai Lama escaped to Assam after a failed revolt against the Chinese. After India gave him refuge and allowed an exiled Tibetan government to operate from Dharamsala, China has viewed India with suspicion and blamed New Delhi for supporting anti-China activities.

According to experts at EurAsian Times, the fact that Indian politicians today extended wishes to Dalai Lama mark a major departure from India’s policy from two years ago.

Birthday greetings were sent by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Pema Khandu, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, RK Mathur, the lieutenant governor of Ladakh.

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Speaking to Economic Times, Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that India should make Tibet one of the key issues in Sino-India policies. Similar views are shared by Indian experts who believe it is time India re-assessed its ‘one China’ policy.

The 51-year old spoke about the strategic significance of Tibet — historically, geopolitically, culturally and ecologically as Tibet is the water tower of Asia and stressed on the importance of Tibet in being part of Indian policies with regards to China.

India is home to the largest Tibetan population in exile and has always found support from the community whenever New Delhi has clashed with Beijing.

Recently, Indian-Americans, Tibetan-Americans and Taiwanese-Americans took to the streets in New York to protest against increased Chinese aggression in the midst of a global pandemic. The group held placards of “Boycott China” and “Stop Chinese Abuse” as they shouted slogans against the country.

India is not the only country at the receiving end of Chinese aggression. Beijing has also clashed with Bhutan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

The Sino-Indian dispute in Ladakh seems to have cooled down after both countries retreated and established a 4-kilometre no-man zone earlier today. The dispute with China in Ladakh has been going on since the first week of June and so far has resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and unconfirmed numbers on the Chinese side.

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India-China Border Update: Chinese PLA Troops Moves Back Few Km In Galwan Valley – Reports

India-China Border News: Twenty Indian soldiers were killed violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.

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The latest news coming from India-China Border is that the Chinese PLA troops have moved back tents, vehicles and soldiers by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, ANI quoted Indian Army sources.

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Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.  The Indian Army is monitoring the situation with caution, Army sources informed.

The third round of Corps Commander-level meeting between armies of India and China went on for 12 hours, said Army sources on July 1. The first two rounds had taken place in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In the second round of Corps Commander-level talks held on June 22, both sides reached a mutual consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector, Army sources said. The military commanders from both countries had met initially on June 6 and agreed to disengage at multiple locations. India had asked the Chinese side to return to pre-May 4 military positions along the LAC.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation. Indian intercepts revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in the face-off.

Earlier, Chinese state media stated that India wants to compete with China militarily and economically to reinforce its reputation as a global leader. The article claimed that anti-China posture has become one of the main means for certain individuals to forge social consensus and once pluralistic secular Indian society is being turned into one dominated by Hinduism.

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