Authored by Chandra Prakash Pandey | navbharattimes.com | Updated: Oct 14, 2021, 10:44 AM
China keeps on tinkering with Arunachal to put pressure on India so that it can deal with Aksai Chin in return. The deal that was once rejected by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Rajiv Gandhi. Beijing sometimes opposes the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal and sometimes the visit of Prime Minister, President, Vice President or Union Ministers.
India-China have held 13 rounds of Corps Commander level talks to end the military standoff on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for one and a half years. But in the earlier meetings, the points on which there was an in-principle agreement to withdraw the troops, China is not even respecting that. On the other hand, he is opposing the visit of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh. India has categorically rejected his statements, saying that Arunachal is an integral part of India. Actually, China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh, keeps raising its issue from time to time, but behind it is its old trick. There is a bargaining maneuver, in which he has failed twice.
Trickster China’s failed attempt to ‘bargain’
Actually, China wants to deal with Aksai Chin. He had also tried to woo Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Rajiv Gandhi at different times but failed. 5 years ago in 2017, a big Chinese leader and diplomat Dai Bingguo in one of his interviews openly talked about those bargaining efforts of Dragon. Binguo has been a long-time negotiator in matters of border dispute between India and China. He has been the director of the very important National Security Group of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Even after retiring in 2013, the Xi Jinping government gives importance to his voice.
The strings were cast on Vajpayee and Rajiv Gandhi
Binguo had said in an interview with China-India Dialogue, a Chinese magazine on March 2, 2017 that Beijing would also address New Delhi’s concerns elsewhere along the LAC if India accepted China’s control over Aksai Chin. It was a clear indication that if India considers Aksai Chin as part of China, then China will also accept Arunachal Pradesh as India. This offer from China is very old. In the interview, Binguo told that in 1979, China had offered this deal to the then Foreign Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but he turned it down. In 1988, Chinese PM Deng Xiaoping also made this offer to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Deng told Gandhi that we make some compromises on the West Wing and if you do it on the East Wing, then our border will also become new. But PM Rajiv Gandhi also did not give any value to this offer of trickster China. Accepting this deal of China simply means that the part which is currently under India’s control in the Aksai Chin region, also withdraws from them.
China repeatedly stirs Arunachal rage under pressure tactics
China keeps on tinkering with Arunachal to put pressure on India so that it can deal with Aksai Chin in return. He sometimes opposes the visit of Dalai Lama to Arunachal and sometimes opposes the visit of Prime Minister, President, Vice President or Union Ministers. This time it has objected to the visit of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Similarly, in 2019, there was an objection to PM Modi’s visit to Arunachal. He also objected to the visit of the Dalai Lama in 2017 even though he had already visited Arunachal six times before that. In 2017 itself, China opposed the visit of the then Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Settling a village on the LAC adjacent to Arunachal is also part of the same trick of the dragon.
Apart from opposing the visit of a top official of the Indian government to Arunachal, China also tries to incite tension there. In January this year, satellite images revealed that China has settled several villages on the LAC adjacent to Arunachal. There are also reports that some villages have been settled within the Indian border. Then the Ministry of External Affairs admitted that China has built all the infrastructure near the LAC adjacent to Arunachal.
In 2006, the Chinese ambassador had claimed the whole of Arunachal.
China has been claiming Tawang in Arunachal, but in 2006, the Chinese ambassador had claimed the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. Then a week before the then Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India, Yuxi had said that China believes that not a particular part of Arunachal but the entire state belongs to it. This was also an attempt by China to put pressure on India for ‘bargaining’ before the visit of the Chinese President.
Time to break away from ‘One China’ policy!
India has rejected China’s objections every time and has bluntly said that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of it. China’s claim on Arunachal is only part of its maneuver to bargain with India. In 2020, the US had also clearly said that it considers Arunachal an integral part of India. Many experts have advised many times that India should also take a tough stand and abandon the ‘One China’ policy. China’s vulture is now on Taiwan, so New Delhi should recognize Taiwan as a separate country as well as build diplomatic relations with it.