26 July, 2021

The Great Claw of China

The confessions of NSCN(IM) leader Anthony Shimray show exactly how China is fuelling India’s northeastern insurgencies

The Great Claw of China

Wooing NSCN (IM)

  • China agrees to host a permanent representative of the NSCN (IM) from 2008
  • The outfit is asked to spy on Indian troops in Arunachal Pradesh and the Dalai Lama
  • Pakistan’s ISI also contacts NSCN (IM) and asks it to break the ceasefire with India
  • NSCN (IM)’s firepower grows significantly during the ceasefire with India that began in 1995

For decades, India and China have played a cat-and-mouse game, full of intrigue and suspense. Even while New Delhi is trying to find ways around vexatious border issues or making occasional noises about stapled visas, Beijing has been secretly supporting, advising and arming major insurgent outfits in India’s troubled Northeast and the Maoist belt. Unlike the noise and heat the Indo-Pak relationship generates, Indian diplomats maintain a studied silence when it comes to the Chinese hand in the Northeast or arms from across the border reaching Maoists in central India.

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