WESEA cannot be converted into battle-ground: RPF
IMPHAL, 26th April: In the wake simmering tension between India and China over the past few weeks particularly after spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit, the proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has asked India not to convert WESEA region into a battle-ground. According to RPF publicity secretary Roben Khuman, China seems to be surrounding all the boundary of India except Bangladesh after remaining quite for a long time.
China has developed a four-lane road to connect with Pakistan in Aksai Chin region close to Jammu & Kashmir thereby strengthening their relationship. The relation between China and India’s immediate neighbour Nepal too has been strengthened as is evident from the Himalayan nation acting in favour of China. The relation between China and Bhutan has improved significantly in recent times and Myanmar too has much closer tie with China than India.
The only immediate neighbour of India having a closer relation with it remains Bangladesh, which too depends on time-to-time events and happenings, Roben observed in a statement while maintaining that Sri Lanka too is almost under the control of China. The RPF statement also said China’s recent claim of Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet was made after cautiously completing the strategy on establishing cordial relations with India’s immediate neighbour. How far China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh is legitimate can be exemplified by issuance of stapler visa to people of that state. Even though Bangladesh, China and India have equal rights over water of Brahmaputra river, China has almost taken full control of the flow of water, it added.
Though India has been instigating Dalai Lama and his 10,000 strong followers to wage war against China by allowing them to stay in the country, China has repeatedly called for return of Tibetan refugees in India as the region has developed significantly. However, India continues to remain mum and allow Tibetan refugees to stay in the country with full protection.
India’s continued support to Tibetan issue and allowing Tibetan refugees to stay in the country is one reason that strained the relation between India and China and the second reason which further strained the relation has been China’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet. Hostility between the two countries escalated recently when Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and China’s re-naming all places in Arunachal Pradesh into Chinese.
Sensing possible trouble with China, India has invested huge money to develop road connectivity in the North East also called WESEA region so that war machines and equipment like tanks and missiles could be transported at ease, the RPF statement claimed, adding that all development activities India take up in the region are not for the welfare of WESEA people but to convert the region into a battle-ground.
The outfit also said that the recent landing of Sukhoi fighter jets and cargo plane bringing oil tankers at Imphal airport were nothing but a trial for preparation of war with China. Asserting that the Indian government had never care for people of WESEA region in the past and till date, the RPF statement recalled the attitude shown by first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to people of the region during India-China war of 1962.
Citing reports of USA’s two defence intelligence agencies CIA and DAI, the RPF statement said China will attack India through hilly region of Burma using Ledo road and Khunming-Dibrugarh road and Khunming-Tezpur road and from Mandalay and Imphal.