Itanagar: Following the violent face-off between the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, everyone is keeping track on news related to India-China border tensions. Lately, Arunachal Pradesh, which shares 1,129 km of border with China occupied Tibet, is also making headlines due to the regular incursions by the Chinese PLA.
Sources informed EastMojo that the Chinese PLA entered Indian territory in July and August through Hadigra Pass and Glaitakru Pass, respectively. Hadigra Pass and Glaitakru pass are on the McMahon Line near the Chaglagam area in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh.
“The recent incursions by the Chinese Army was in the month of August. They came approximately 60 km inside Indian Territory through Glaitakru Pass and wrote on rocks like before,” said sources. “Not only in August, but also in the month of July, they came inside Indian territory through Hadigra Pass. Few hunters were already in the forest and could shoot a short video of Chinese PLA inside India,” the sources added.
The sources also said that “the transgression has become so frequent lately which is very unusual. Earlier, they (China’s PLA) use to enter only twice or thrice a year”.
When contacted, Anjaw deputy commissioner Ayushi Sudan said that “this domain is under the Indian Army and as far as district administration’s statement, these incursions are not yet verified”.
On Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tapir Gao said that “there is no Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and Chinese occupied Tibet at Arunachal Pradesh. The international border between both the countries is the MacMahon Line.”
Talking about the recent report of China’s government denying to recognise Arunachal Pradesh, Gao said that China captured Tibet in 1950 and claims Arunachal Pradesh. However, according to the Shimla Agreement in 1914, McMahon Line is the what that separates Arunachal Pradesh with Tibet.” Gao also urged to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to assess details regarding the Indian territory captured by China post-1962. The MP said this during the zero hours in Parliament.
In a telephonic conversation with EastMojo, Gao said: “The recent abduction of five Arunachalee youths from approximately 50-60 km inside the Indian Territory and Indian Army’s statement that our youths were abducted from Sera 7 area, means the Indian Army is ascertaining the illegal activities of the Chinese Army inside Indian Territory.”
Previously, EastMojo reported various instances of Chinese Incursions. For Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese incursions are not new. Every year, the Chinese enter the Indian Territory. They build structures and write on rocks; just to send a message that the land belongs to them.
Although the McMahon Line is accepted by India, neighbor China rejects it. China recognises the Line of Actual Control, which is imprecisely close to the McMahon Line. McMahon Line, which was The McMahon Line, is the demarcation line between Tibet and the Northeast region of India proposed by British colonial administrator Sir Henry McMahon at the 1914 Simla Convention.
According to Gao, proper border demarcation is the only solution for intrusions and face-offs.