(RIEAS Senior Analyst and former Research Coordinator at Global Counterterrorism Council)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 31 January 2021
Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)
In a recent development, to bolster its claims in Arunachal Pradesh, the North eastern state of India, which the Chinese refer as Zangnan or South Tibet, China has built a village in November 2020 across the alignment of LAC (Line of Actual Control) inside Indian side of border on the banks of River Tsari Chu in Upper Subhansiri district and upheld its position that they say is clear and consistent as they have never recognised Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. The construction of the settlement has been seen by Indian analysts as a move to reinforce China’s claim to the area, and part of a broader push by China to build civilian settlements in disputed frontier areas, which it has also done in Doklam with Bhutan.
The Republic of India, with its 1.3 billion population, is the most populous democracy in the world and the fourth-strongest nation in conventional military terms with over 1.4 million active frontline armed forces personnel. India is not at peace with its neighbours as it has its considerable share of geopolitical contestations at its borders that entails Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The People’s Republic of China, on the other hand, is a socialist democracy wherein only one political party, that is, Communist Party of China is a central authority, and in sheer military power, China stands as the third strongest nation on earth. With closed political ideology; ..Read more