Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said on Friday that leaving the borders with China unattended was like surrendering the territory and there was an “urgent” need to increase the number of troops guarding border areas along China. Rijiju said the infrastructure along the frontier in Arunachal Pradesh had to be strenghtened to match China.
The minister said there has not been enough deployment of forces like ITBP, which guards the China border, and there is urgent necessity to increase the number of troops, provide them sophisticated arms, ammunition and communication gadgets. “Our infrastructure along the border has to be improved. More ro-ads, bridges have to be constructed. Communication network has to be improved. China is ahead of us,” he said.
The BJP MP from Arunachal West constituency hoped that visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi next month and top Chinese leadership later this year will herald a new era in India-China relationship.