In recent times, China has resorted to reiteration and re-assertion of claims on Arunachal Pradesh. There was shrill propaganda when the Prime Minister and the Dalai Lama went there. It suits the Chinese to keep the border dispute with India unresolved. Incursions have been widely reported and continue.
Foreign policy mandarins offer a different perspective which calls for some unease. “If your border infrastructure is really poor, then how can you take a strong stance? Do you know in some places our border outposts are as far as 200 km on foot?”
Alarm bells about our appalling border infrastructure were first rung by Shyam Saran, a former foreign secretary, who pushed for much greater connectivity. “All across our borders, from China to Bangladesh, to Myanmar and Bhutan, the roads are always better on the other side,” points out the diplomat who goes on to say that “ironically, in the case of some of our neighbours, the roads were built by us.”
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