China denies intrusion into Arunachal Pradesh, says it does not recognize Arunachal’s existence

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Itanagar, January 3: Geng Shuang Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, has reportedly said, the country had “never acknowledged” the existence of Arunachal Pradesh. The response came after a media report said that Chinese troops had intruded into India’s territory in Arunachal Pradesh for about 200 meters near a village in upper Siang district.

The report says Chinese soldiers with road-building machines had crossed up to 200 metres into Indian territory in late December, almost reaching a border village in the Upper Siang district before Indian troops stopped them. The security establishment’s sources had confirmed the development to the media organisation on Tuesday.

The report says the Chinese have left their road construction material on the site.

Indian security personnel reportedly intercepted the Chinese troops near Bising village under Tuting subdivision along the eastern bank of Siang river.

This incursion came four months after the two nuclear-armed neighbours ended a tense border standoff at Doklam, near the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction.

The Chinese rarely launch incursions in winter. Earlier the PLA or People’s Liberation Army would patrol the area only during the summer months as China has always laid claim to Doklam which is considered to fall within Bhutan.

China has reportedly stationed more than 1500 troops near the border in the high altitude region in what is being seen as a move by the country to permanently establish its presence at Doklam, a disputed region. The troops will be there throughout the winter and shelters and stores have reportedly been set up, roads are also being repaired.

There were also reports that they’ve also built two helipads at the said location.

(MG)