Is China plotting to create unrest in the Northeast? Questions raised again after Manipur attack


Manipur ambush brings China role in Northeast back in focus

On Saturday, 5 soldiers were martyred in a terrorist attack near the Myanmar border in Manipur. These include, apart from the army colonel, his wife and 8-year-old son are also involved. After this deadly attack, possible support from China to rebel groups in the northeast has drawn attention again. Chinese watchdogs and security officials said on Sunday that there may be a conspiracy to create unrest in the neighboring region amid tensions along the border.

This is not the first time that Chinese ties with insurgent groups have come under scrutiny. Questions have been raised about Beijing’s complicity in the past. In October 2020, China’s propaganda machinery threatened India over a trade deal with Taiwan that Beijing might respond by stopping support for separatists in the northeast and Sikkim as part of India.


A senior official said, “The possibility of fueling an insurgency from the Chinese side in the Northeast remains intact. Insurgent groups in the northeast, including Manipur, such as the Arakan Army and the United V State Army in Myanmar have links with armed groups that have Chinese weapons. Barua and Phunting Shimrang of National Socialist of Nagaland (IM) have been given safe haven.

An Assam Rifles convoy was attacked by a terrorist group in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Saturday when Colonel Vipalv Tripathi, Commanding Officer of 46 Assam Rifles and his Quick Reaction Team (QRT) were returning from Behiang border post and headed towards the battalion headquarters at Khuga. were going The Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) under which the Liberation Army Manipur operates, along with the Manipur Naga People’s Front, claimed responsibility for the attack, but said they were not aware that family members were also involved in the convoy.

Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan (retd), who led the Assam Rifles in 2017-18, said China may have re-established relations with PLA Manipur under the current situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). He said this must have been done to create havoc in the Northeast and harm the security forces.


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