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Army, Arunachal Govt. refute allegations of Chinese intrusion(Lead: Arunachal)

Both the Indian Army and the Arunachal Pradesh Government today refuted State BJP MP Karen Rijijus claim of recent Chinese intrusion in Tawang area of the State.

By Sudhakar Jagdish

New Delhi, May 7 : Both the Indian Army and the Arunachal Pradesh Government today refuted State BJP MP Karen Rijiju's claim of recent Chinese intrusion in Tawang area of the State.

Sources in the army said that the claims made by Rijiju about the alleged intrusion were 'baseless'. They said that the areas which he has been referring to were occupied by China in 1959, three years before the Sino-India War.

"No fresh Chinese incursion has taken place since 1996 and that both sides are adhering to the 1993 Border Peace and Tranquility Agreement (BPTA) and 1996 border agreement," highly placed sources in the army told ANI.

Earlier, Rijiju claimed that Chinese forces had moved 20 km inside the State and have also built a helipad in the Tawang area.

The State government has also refuted the claims and has termed them 'incorrect'.

"There is absolutely no truth in the reports of any Chinese intrusion. The allegations are unfounded," Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said today.

Defence Ministry also refuted media reports that an inquiry has been launched to verify Rijiju's claims. Sources in the Ministry said that it has asked the army to give out a statement on the issue.

The External Affairs Ministry has also been keeping a close eye on the issue and is expected to come out with a statement very soon.

Rijiju has been stating that his claims have been 'admitted' by the External Affairs Ministry and has also shown a copy of the letter sent to him by Joint Secretary Ashok K Kantha.

The letter written by Kantha though confirms the missing of Chabe Chader, a resident of Taksin in Arunachal, it however, has not made any kind of admissions regarding the Chinese occupation of Samdrong Chu valley, Asapila, Lungar and construction of a helipad in Tawang District of the State, as claimed by Rijiju.

Kantha in his letter to the BJP MP has assured: "Appropriate steps are taken for the management of the borders."

"Infrastructure development, including road connectivity in border areas, is also being given special attention, both from the perspective of taking the benefits of development to local inhabitants and border area as well, as for improving the management for our borders," the official further wrote in the letter.

Earlier in the day, Rijiju told ANI: "It's a question of territorial integrity. Merely stating in Parliament that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India is not enough," adding, "What I am asking is that the Indian Government should inform the people of Arunachal Pradesh about what is going on. When there is a discussion between India and China, the people of Arunachal should be taken into confidence."

The BJP MP's claim comes as National Security Adviser M K Narayanan recently concluded the ninth round of the Sino-India border talks with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo at Coonoor.

The two countries have different perceptions about the border. Experts, however, say that the differences are purely of a technical nature. The contours used by both countries for the demarcation of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) do not have the same "intervals". This leads to the absence of sharp demarcation in some places. That is why in the late 1980s the Chinese moved the border a few kilometres in Tawang.

Despite 22 years of continuous border negotiations the longest between any two states in modern history, India is the only country with which China has not settled its land frontiers or even fully defined a line of control. China occupies 38,000 square kilometers of Indian Territory in Aksai Chin, 5,180 square kilometers in the Shaksam valley in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), and claims 90,000 square kilometers in Arunachal.


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