Kiren Rijiju confirms reports of Chinese transgressions in Arunachal Pradesh

Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh): Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday said there were reports of transgressions by the Chinese army in Arunachal Pradesh twice recently. One incident was reported from Kibithu area in the remote Anjaw district on July 22 and another at Thangsa in Tawang district in the same month, the Minister told reporters after inaugurating a Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat. Rijiju said he was not describing these as acts of incursion, but transgression.  "We cannot term it as incursion, but transgression as the Chinese army just crossed the perceived area along the Line of Actual Control." When the matter was reported from Kibithu by the ITBP, the Centre verified it and found that it was only an act of transgression. Asked about the government's efforts to match China's infrastructure development across the border, the Minister said the Centre had begun strengthening infrastructure across the border and the Pasighat ALG was a major step in this direction. "We are not challenging or competing with any other country by strengthening our border infrastructure. We will have to build robust infrastructure to strengthen our defence and whatever we did is because India is an emerging power with capability. So IAF should have operational bases in all the bordering states," he said. The NDA government attached priority to development of border infrastructure, he said. PTI