Post-Doklam, December but retreated after being stopped

Post-Doklam,Chinese and Indian security forces have locked horns yet again near Bishing inArunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang, according to a report by the Hindustan Timeson Wednesday.Thestandoff started after Chinese road construction personnel entered almost onekilometer into the Indian territory in the Upper Siang district of ArunachalPradesh in late December but retreated after being stopped by Indian troops.

Two excavators and other equipment were seized by the Indian army.TheChinese track-alignment and excavation activity near Bishing was first detectedin late December by some villagers.Chineseforeign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Wednesday said that his country had”never acknowledged the existence of so-called Arunachal Pradesh”while maintaining he was “unaware” about any Chinese intrusion in theTuting area last month.Indiamaintains a strong military presence in Arunachal Pradesh and currently, fourinfantry divisions are present near the border to tackle the Chinese incursion.The IAF has activated six ALGs – Tuting, Mechuka, Along, Passighat, Vijaynagar,and Ziro – along the India-China border for fast mobility of troops andsupplies to remote areas in the state.

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In2016, the upgraded Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat in ArunachalPradesh was inaugurated. Replete with facilities such as aprons for groundmaneuvering, Air Traffic Control Tower, perimeter road and a security wall, theALG will facilitate operations of fixed-wing aircraft as well as helicopters ofboth civil and military operators.TawangAFS is already operational due to the border security needs of the country fromthe northeastern side where different states especially Arunachal Pradesh sharetheir borders with China. Chinahas established a permanent presence in the Bhutanese territory of Doklam, withthe construction of two helipads, upgraded roads, scores of pre-fabricatedhuts, shelters and stores to withstand the chill in the high-altitude region.According to reports around 1,600-1,800 Chinese troops are present there. Lastyear in April, China for the first time announced “standardized” official namesfor six places in Arunachal Pradesh.

The official names of the six places areWo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoid ngarbo Ri, Mainquka, B mo La and Namkapub Ri.TheIndia-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control(LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts thatthe dispute covers the Aksai Chin area, which was occupied by China during the1962 war. 

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