China Building Bridges, Hydro Projects, Helipads 12 kms From McMahon Line Inside Arunachal Pradesh Claims BJP MP

Whereas the reports of Chinese intrusion into northern India have made headlines in mainstream media, a large portion of Arunachal Pradesh has also been occupied by China. According to Mr Tapir Gao, the member of parliament of BJP from Arunachal East, China is building concrete bridges, hydro electric projects, helipads 12 kms from the demarcated McMahon Line inside Arunachal Pradesh.

  • A large portion of Arunachal Pradesh has also been occupied by China
  • According to Mr Tapir Gao, BJP MP from Arunachal East, China is building concrete bridges, hydro electric projects, helipads inside Arunachal Pradesh
  • These are being constructed 12 kms from the demarcated McMahon Line inside Arunachal Pradesh
  • A large portion in Upper Subansiri district of Asapali and Longju sector, on both sides of the river Subansiri has been occupied by China
  • The Indian Army had to move many kms backwards due to intrusion at a place call Maza
  • In other words Visa, Asapali and Longju are now in the Chinese hands
  • In 2017, China constructed a road inside the Indian territory in the Upper Siang district. It was later blocked by the Indian Army
  • China has claimed Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory for decades
China Bridges Hydro Projects Helipads Arunachal Pradesh
China building Concrete Bridges, Hydro Electric Projects, Helipads 12kms from the demarcated McMahon Line inside Arunachal Pradesh

The MP said a large portion from the demarcated McMahon Line in Upper Subansiri district of Asapali and Longju sector, both sides of the river Subansiri has been occupied by China. Speaking to News 18, Mr Gao said, China not only occupied this region but also constructed roads, concrete bridges, houses and a helipad in Asapali and Maza. The claim was supported by the below images.

China Bridges Helipads Hydro Projects Arunachal Pradesh
A large portion from the demarcated McMahon Line in Upper Subansiri district of Asapali and Longju sector, both sides of the river Subansiri has been occupied by China.

According to Mr Gao, the mentioned bridges in the photo are of concrete and another iron structured. On observation, both the roads are constructed on the banks of the river which seems to be finished only shortly. These bridges and roads are being constructed by the Chinese Army. However, the iron structure Bridge was constructed by BRTF (border roads organisation). He also mentioned that a small hydro electric project and a helipad has also been established in Maza region.

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Approximately 10 to 12 kms inside the McMahon Line has been intruded by the Chinese Army and even occupying the camps of the Indian Army. The Indian Army had to move many kms backwards due to intrusion at a place call Maza. In other words Visa, Asapali and Longju are now in the Chinese hands.

The area once occupied by Indian Army has now been taken over by the Chinese army as they have invaded this place. The MP described that approximately 10 to 12 kms inside the McMahon Line has been intruded by the Chinese Army and even occupying the camps of the Indian Army. The Indian Army had to move many kms backwards due to intrusion at a place call Maza. The newly established camp by Indian Army has also been named as Maza. In other words Visa, Asapali and Longju are now in the Chinese hands.

Very remarkably, once upon a time the Indian Army camp at Asapali in 1964-1966 was led by the captain of this camp and he was none other than our Central Minister and BJP leader Mr Jaswant Singh. Now this camp is in the hands of the Chinese Army. These claims have been reiterated by the MP Mr Tapir Gao.

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China has claimed Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory for decades, refusing to recognise what New Delhi has repeatedly asserted is an “integral and inalienable part” of India.

The BJP MP said after 1962, China had indulged in its “expansion policy”, and had established infrastructure and roads by occupying many areas.

“In 2017, China constructed a road inside the Indian territory in the Upper Siang district. It was later blocked by the Indian Army. Over a period of time since 1962, China has been following its policy of expanding its territory and has occupied a number of areas and even today they continue to patrol in several others,” Gao told The Print.

Meanwhile, latest satellite images of Galwan Valley show that days before the clash between Indian and Chinese troops, China brought in heavy pieces of machinery, cut a trail into a Himalayan mountainside and even dammed a river. The cause of the fighting was the burning and dismantling of two Chinese tents and observation towers built on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Satellite images shot a day after hand-to-hand combat show debris from the observation posts on a ridge on India’s side of the LAC not present a week before. After the burning and dismantling of tents, a large group of Chinese soldiers arrived and confronted the Indian troops.

Satellite pictures show the altering of landscape of the valley through widening tracks, moving earth and making river crossings. The clash took place near the fast-flowing Galwan River, resulting in soldiers from both sides falling into a river. While three Indian soldiers died on the spot, others died later due to injuries and hypothermia.

India’s Darbuk–Shyok–DBO Road infrastructure project is seen by the Chinese as a tool to offset the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. China attempted to capture the Galwan Valley as a pre-emptive measure to stall this DBO Road infrastructure project in Ladakh. China has changed its claims over the valley thrice, now claiming that the entire Galwan valley belongs to China.

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