By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, June 25: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday called the Line of Actual Control (LAC) bordering in his state as the Indo-Tibet border. Amid the ongoing tension between India and China over the recent face-off where 20 Indians died, CM met with Indian army officials at the Bumla border outpost.
He tweeted, “The valour of Indian Army is what we counted ever since our Independence. Had an opportunity to interact with the brave jawans today at Bumla post on the Indo-Tibet border. Their josh (excitement) is at the highest level. We are in safe hands when it comes to our borders.”
Bumla forward area is one of the most significant border outposts between India and China; it is a tri-junction area which includes two of eight disputed areas along the stretch of 1126-km of LAC in Andhra Pradesh. China has long claimed Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet whereas India has always dismissed such objections maintaining the state as an integral part of its union.
The statement made by the CM holds significance as he has taken Tibet into consideration at a time where Tibetans in exile have continuously urged India to resolve the issue of Tibet in order to solve border disputes between the two Asian giants. Arunachal has always welcomed the Dalai Lama to Bomdila, Dhirang, and Tawang in 2017.
China expresses timely objections when officials from Indian administration visited the state, including the last visit of PM Modi in Feb 2019. The long disputed border is a frequent site for Sino-China rhetoric. The last deaths at the Indo-Tibet LAC were in 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese soldiers in Arunachal Pradesh.