April 22, 2021
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Willful act
Northeast insurgency and role of China China, which is known to have border and territorial disputes with almost all its neighbors, is keen to adopt direct or indirect means to disturb the stability in India, its biggest rival in the region. In view of the current Sino-Indian relations, China considers the North-east more important than other parts of India. To strengthen its footprint in this area, China is reviving a flagging militancy in north-eastern India with arms and military training. In return, it wants militants to spy on nuclear missiles and military formations deployed in the north east. Though China clearly denies any involvement in the increasing insurgency in India’s north- east, India, on several occasions, has given evidence to China. There was evidence that insurgent from India’s northeast were meeting Chinese intelligence officials regularly in Yunnan. Further, a Chinese spy disguised as a TV reporter, was arrested and deported after she reportedly visited the headquarters of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN-IM-one of India’s largest and most troublesome insurgent groups. Chinese support for north eastern rebels isn’t a new phenomenon. In November 1966, China covertly trained and procured weapons for a 300-strong contingent of Naga rebels in support of Maoist revolution. The group returned to India in January 1968 and established a huge camp in the Jotsoma jungles. When Indian force
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