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The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has condemned the alleged repeated instances of incursions and creation of tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

AAPSU, the apex students’ body of Arunachal, the easternmost state in India, said while talks between India and China have been going on since last many months at various levels with both sides agreeing on a wide range of issues, it is, however, surprising to note that the Chinese forces on the ground are doing the exact opposite of what is being jointly agreed upon.

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“We are very much shocked and agitated that even in times of Covid-19 induced sufferings, the Chinese are resorting to war-mongering and are mentally and harassing the people living peacefully along the LAC by their rhetoric and notorious antics,” an AAPSU statement said on Friday.

“Either the PLA is a rogue army bereft of any discipline or the Chinese government does not want peace along the LAC,” the union added.

The AAPSU said the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh and the union stands strong with the brave jawans of the Indian army.

“Being the voice of the easternmost border state of Arunachal Pradesh, we will never propagate anything other than peace,” the statement added.

“However, we strongly urge our army for giving a befitting reply to any misadventures from across the border,” the statement further said.

Arunachal shares a 1,080-km border with China.

The AAPSU said due to illogical and nonsensical claims made by the Chinese government, the people of Arunachal Pradesh have been denied funding for development projects from international agencies since the last many years.

China claims Arunachal to be a part of South Tibet and therefore a part of China.

After creating artificial disputes with various nations in the South China Sea, forcefully subjugating the people of Tibet, mass human rights violations against Uighurs, stifling dissent in Hongkong etc, it is creating tensions along our borders to divert public attention from the numerous problems they are facing back home, the union said.

The Chinese should respect the MacMahon line and refrain from blatant provocations, it said while urging the Centre to maintain extra vigil along the borders and also to take up the issue of independence of Tibet at all international forums.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com