India To Increase Troops Along Chinese Border

India will deploy thousands of additional troops and build airstrips
along its remote northeastern border with China, in a sign of persisting
wariness between the two countries despite growing business ties.

India and China fought a brief war over their 3,500-kilometre Himalayan
border in 1962, and both sides claim the other is occupying big but
largely uninhabited chunks of their territory.

Although India and China have signed a treaty to maintain “peace and
tranquility” along the disputed frontier and agreed to find a political
solution to the row, talks have made little progress.

Last year, the army said Chinese soldiers had crossed the border in
Arunachal Pradesh state illegally and entered their territory, urging
the government to deploy more troops.

Deployment: “Two army divisions comprising 25,000 to 30,000 soldiers
each will be deployed along the border in Arunachal,” said JJ Singh, the
governor of the remote state.

“It (deployment) was part of the planned augmentation of our
capabilities to defend the country … The increase in force strength is
to meet the future national security challenge,” Singh said in
Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh.

Other than troops, India will add more firepower in the disputed zone
with light 155mm guns, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles to
strengthen its defences, officials said. They will also build airstrips
close to the border.

The state shares a more than 1,000 km long disputed border with China.