BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh, Tapir Gao on Tuesday has warned about China’s aggression in Arunachal Pradesh stating that China has already captured about 50-60 km of Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh. The BJP member made this revelation in the winter session of Parliament and urged the government to take the necessary steps.
In a warning, Gao said, “if there will be another Doklam like stand-off in future, it will be in Arunachal Pradesh.” Raising the issue in Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, Gao said that China has raised objections and made statements after visits of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Home Minister Amit Shah to the state.
Gao said that the area where former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh was posted as an Army Captain is under Chinese occupation now. The revelation of the BJP MP comes after the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in the last week. While on his visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, the Defence Minister had assured of no tension on the Indo-China border.
The standoff between India and China at Doklam had ended after 73 days as both sides agreed to withdraw their forces. The standoff between the two sides had at Dokhlam had created a war-like situation in 2017, following which the leadership of the two nations decided on the timely and necessary Wuhan Summit in 2018 that relaxed the tension between the two sides on the border. Doklam is strategically located close to the Siliguri Corridor, which connects mainland India with its north-eastern region. The corridor, also called Chicken’s Neck, is a vulnerable point for India. The Chinese army had attempted to extend a road and had begun construction when Indian armed forces reached the site and resisted the Chinese army from changing the status quo.