250 Chinese soldiers intrude into Arunachal, leave after three hours

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China PLA. Photo: Reuters

Four days ago, around 250 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army entered the Arunachal Pradesh’s east district of Kameng. The incident is yet another instance of Chinese incursion into Indian territory. 

This is the first known incursion in Arunachal Pradesh, albeit temporary, by China in 2016. The soldiers went back into China after spending three hours in Indian territory, according to defence sources.

The crossover took place when China protested against India’s bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership.

While this was so, according to Chinese official media on 14 June, India’s bid for NSG membership was sure to upset Pakistan and increase a nuclear arms race, but also threaten Beijing’s national interests.

Meanwhile, the Congress sought PM Narendra Modi to apologise for misleading India that the NSG meeting held in Vienna had India’s membership on its agenda.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said the issue was not even discussed in the meeting. He said the Indo-US nuclear cooperation was started by previous UPA government.

On the issue of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Congress leader said, “The application to MTCR was filed during our time. India must get the NSG membership.” But the PM and BJP chief Amit Shah shouldn’t mislead the people, he added.