China moves 20 km inside Arunachal

via Media Inputs published on May 7, 2007

New Delhi, May 07: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh, Khiren Rijiju, has said that China has moved 20 km inside Arunachal Pradesh.


According to reports, China has moved into the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh and has set up a helipad. The Arunachal Pradesh border has always been a potential flashpoint between the two countries.

“There has been a Chinese incursion in our country particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. I have written to the Government of India and raised the issue in Parliament. The Government of India is not accepting the incursion openly. But defence personnel do acknowledge that this is happening and the Chinese are occupying our land,” Rijiju told


The Indian Army reported about 120 incidents of China’s People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) territorial violation in 1999, 96 in 2000, 98 in 2001, and 90 in 2002.

The last acknowledged report of conflict of interest between New Delhi and Beijing took place on June 26, 2003. A 10-man Indian team comprising four intelligence Bureau (IB) and six Special Service Bureau (SSB) personnel were on a routine mission 14 kilometres inside the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh’s Subansari district when a 21-strong Chinese Army patrol stopped them.

The Chinese officer told the team that this is Chinese territory and they should never come here. The members of the Indian team were detained, disarmed and interrogated before they were finally released near the Yume bridge across the Yume Chu river, three kilometres inside the LAC.

China also occupies 8,000 sq km in Kashmir.

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