India secures east after Western Himalayan clashes with China

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By Krishna N. Das

GUWAHATI, India, Sept. 2 (Reuters) – India has moved troops to its eastern part of the border with China since clashes erupted between nuclear-weapon rivals on the western part of their border in the ‘Himalayas in June, said a government official.

The June clash in the Ladakh region, in the western part of their border, was the worst violence between the Asian giants in decades and there were few signs of a reduction in tension, with more than military actions last week. the movement of troops to the eastern district of Anjaw in Arunachal Pradesh state, which China also claims, raises the prospect of a wider face-to-face, although government and military officials in India have ruled out any imminent confrontation.

“The military presence has surely increased, but with regard to the incursions, there are no verified reports as such,” said Ayushi Sudan, the main Anjaw official, adding that several battalions of the Indian army were stationed there.

“There has been an increase in the deployment of troops since the Galwan incident, and even before that we had started,” she told Reuters by telephone, referring to the June clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls southern Tibet, was at the center of a large-scale border war between India and China in 1962, and security analysts have warned it could become a point again. lightning.

But Indian Army spokesman Lt. Col. Harsh Wardhan Pande said there was no cause for concern and that troops arriving in the area were part of a regular rotation.

“Basically it’s the units that change. It happens as it happens every time, nothing big,” Pande told Reuters near Guwahati, the largest city in northeast India.

“At the moment, there is nothing to fear on this front.”

But Tapir Gao, an MP for Arunachal, told Reuters that Chinese troops regularly cross Indian territory.

“It’s a regular phenomenon, it’s not new,” he said, identifying the areas of Walong and Chaglagam in Anjaw as the most vulnerable.

During the 1962 war, India claims that its outnumbered forces “blocked the push of the Chinese invaders” in Walong, and that the area of ​​fast-flowing mountains, grasslands and rivers is now a priority for the country. government for colonization and road building.

“What we are trying to do is create more possibilities and opportunities for the villagers,” Sudan said, referring to plans for groups of villages in the disputed area.

“It’s a push to resettle people.”

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