原文标题：US search mission in Arunachal: How will China react?
According to JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) of the United States, 78,000 American soldiers are still missing from World War II, 1,632 of them in the China/Myanmar/India region. It is believed that nearly 430 of these, mainly World War II pilots of the US Air Force, died in plane crashes in India’s Arunachal Pradesh while carrying out air-drops in the Kachin State of northern Myanmar and ferrying supplies to the KMT troops in Yunnan.
In the beginning of 2008, when George Bush was the President of the US, the BBC reported that a US team was visiting Arunachal Pradesh to search for the remains of the US pilots. It quoted the then US Consul-General in Kolkata , Henry Jardine, as saying that the mission “was in its preliminary stages”.
He added, “We are just going to Arunachal Pradesh to speak to various people in the government who could help in the search.” The BBC reported that the groundwork for the investigation mission to Arunachal Pradesh was completed during a meeting between US and Indian officials in New Delhi in March 2008.
JPAC spokesman Major Brian DeSantis was quoted by the BBC as saying that during the meeting, the officials of the two countries discussed a tentative timeline for future investigations and identification of aircraft crash sites. He added, “Now our team is going to Arunachal Pradesh to discuss details of future operations with the defence ministry and state officials. This will be followed by site visits in early fall [autumn] to determine the scope of debris fields and evaluate unique logistical requirements associated with each site. This process sets the groundwork for future recovery teams.”
These developments caused concern in Beijing , which thought that these implied US’s recognition of Arunachal Pradesh — which China claims as its territory and describes as southern Tibet — as Indian territory.
A commentary broadcast on March 25, 2008, by the China Radio International criticised the US for its plans to search for American airmen missing in action during the Second World War, in “Arunachal Pradesh, the so-called province set up forcibly and illegally by India in Chinese territory”.
Declaring that the “Chinese government has never recognised the legality of this province”, it alleged that after a change in its stand (of allowing the US to undertake searches) in January 2008, India was cooperating with the US in this regard, scheduling a meeting between the two sides in New Delhi in March 2008.
The commentary claimed that the Intelligence Bureau had opposed the US idea from the point of view of the region’s sensitivity, particularly in respect of entry of foreigners, but the Union home ministry had rejected the IB’s reservations.
The commentary described New Delhi’s motivations in this regard as attempting to strengthen military ties with Washington and legalise the status of Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian province, expecting that this would contribute to an increase in India’s weight in the ongoing negotiations with China on the disputed border. The US’s motivations, according to the Commentary, were to further develop its military relations with India and use the Arunachal issue as means to restrain China’s intentions.
An Indian news agency report of February 25, 2010, quoted US Consular officials in India as appreciating the cooperation of the Indian government, the Indian Air Force and the state government of Arunachal Pradesh with US defence teams searching for the remains of US pilots in Arunchal Pradesh.
The agency report said that the searches under the Joint POW/missing-in-action Accounting Command were being conducted in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh as a humanitarian mission. The report further quoted a US Consular official as saying, “No remains have so far been found, but we will continue the search.”
India Today magazine reported on July 22, 2011, that US President Barack Obama had suspended search and recovery expeditions inside Arunachal Pradesh after complaints from the Chinese side.
“Chinese concerns over what it sees as American “intrusion” into Arunachal Pradesh have prompted the Obama administration to suspend plans for recovering bodies of crewmen who went missing there during the Second World War. Two expeditions planned in 2010 and 2011 were cancelled ostensibly because of China claiming that this was disputed territory. China considers the whole of Arunachal Pradesh as ‘South Tibet’ and protested expeditions by India and the US to recover the bodies of over 400 US aircrew who died in crashes while flying re-supply missions between Assam and Kunming, China, during the war,” stated the article.
It added, “After pressure from the families of those who perished, joint operations to recover the remains of servicemen were started by the US and India in late 2008. The operations were, however, inexplicably cancelled by both governments in 2010 and 2011. The US has also put on hold joint military exercises in Arunachal Pradesh.”
Coinciding with the two-day visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta to New Delhi that concluded on June 6, sections of the media in India and the US have reported that the Obama administration has made a fresh request to New Delhi for permission to resume the searches in Arunachal Pradesh.
They have quoted Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, as saying, “(There has been) a request by the US, in the North-East they perhaps would like to visit some places where there are remains of perhaps what they feel pilots who were involved in WWII. This is not a new request. We have had a similar request several years ago and at that stage we did permit some officials to visit there. They did not find anything at that time. Perhaps they have some further information (now). It is a humanitarian cause and it is dealt as humanitarian issue not only by us but by several neighbours. We need to respond in a humanitarian manner.”
There has been no official announcement on this so far, but the reported media briefing by the spokesperson confirms the receipt of a request from the Obama administration for permission to resume the searches and indicates that the government of India’s response would be positive.
This is a significant development indicating that the Obama administration has overcome its reservations of the last two years because of the Chinese sensitivities in this matter and decided to send US search teams back into Arunachal Pradesh. It would be interesting to see how China reacts to it.
Name of Arunachal Pradesh
by vivek (View MyPage) on Jun 10, 2012 09:46 PM
The names of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur are mentioned even in Mahabharat,the world’s oldest and world’s largest epic. Given the fact that Indians are poor at maintaining history, where is the question of China reacting to this?
Arunachal is an integral part of India!
by Grizzly (View MyPage) on Jun 10, 2012 04:12 PM
chinese can keep disputing it but we will never give them an inch of our territory!
Indeed, US intelligence is proposing a chinese split somewhere later in the decade. As always in the history china always rises for a while and then splits into smaller states. china has had its run and is running out of steam!
When china splits, we will not only get Tibet back but probably a good chunk of our original territory back.
Fudging the issue In usual Kaangresi style
by Manish Maheshwari (View MyPage) on Jun 08, 2012 09:57 AM | Hide replies
// They have quoted Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, as saying, “(There has been) a request by the US, in the North-East they perhaps would like to visit some places where there are remains of perhaps what they feel? pilots who were involved in WWII. This is not a new request. We have had a similar request several years ago and at that stage we did permit some officials to visit there. They did not find anything at that time. Perhaps they have some further information (now). It is a humanitarian cause and it is dealt as humanitarian issue not only by us but by several neighbours. We need to respond in a humanitarian manner.”//
— the idiot said everything except that which needs to be his opening line, viz., “Arunachal is Indian territory and China has no locus standi on the matter”.
//这些媒体援引外交部发言人Syed Akbaruddin的话称：“美国提出了要求，可能想在东北部调查一些可能有二战飞行员遗骸的地方。这不是美国头一回提出这样的要求。我们几年前接过类 似请求，当时确实允许一些美国官员在那里考察，不过他们那时没有任何发现。可能他们现在有进一步消息了。这是人道主义事业。不仅是我们，而且几个邻国也是 把它当做人道主义问题来处理。我们需要以人道主义的方式来回应。”//
let tib%t ask arunacahal pradesh
by siva sankar (View MyPage) on Jun 08, 2012 04:09 AM | Hide replies
why is china asking arunachal pradesh for tib%t.
let tib%t ask arunachal pradesh.
tib%t belongs to china?
taiwan belongs to china?
hongkong belongs to china?
south china sea belongs to china?
whole philiphines belongs to china?
Indian ocean belongs to china?
japanese isalnds belong to china?
aksai china belongs to china?
mongolia belongs to them?
what doesnt belong to them?
poor communist regime playing with life of ppor chinese poeple.
its trying to drive the attention of people away from their wrong policies with patritotic slogans
Re: let tib%t ask arunacahal pradesh
by john (View MyPage) on Jun 09, 2012 06:14 PM
Well said, it seems whole world belongs to China.
China will react at its own peril?
by Ravi (View MyPage) on Jun 08, 2012 12:46 AM
If China reacts badly for Arunachal pradesh then India can create bad situations for China in its own backyard. Chinese arrogance & hegemony is beyond its shelf life.
in ancient history, entire china used to be PART OF INDIA
by ClapClaap (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 11:14 PM | Hide replies
its true, read the faded historical facts:
this is during the lifetime of Lord Buddha…
Lord Buddhaz ancient philosophy was a raging success all over China.
China fully accepted Indiaz rule in those days…
Indian kings got gifts, and lots of OFFERS from the chinese side back then.
our kings has solid control over-
what china thought,
what china did,
what china did NOT do.
then came the british with theirOPIUM…
due2OPIUM, china moved from india to british rule
Re: in ancient history, entire china used to be PART OF INDIA
by Santa (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 11:29 PM
Would you guys remain stuck in the history? Do you guys even know how powerful China is today? I’m not sure when you guys will open your eyes to the reality.
Re: Re: in ancient history, entire china used to be PART OF INDIA
by john (View MyPage) on Jun 09, 2012 06:17 PM
Sir are you a spokes person of Communist China?
All that glitters is not gold.
by Ahi Sen (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 10:54 PM | Hide replies
India should not fall in trap of USA. The neighbor will always remain neighbor but USA is a far off country which has records of using other territories and exploit them. But ultimately abandoned them ruining them as has happened in S.E.Asia and Arab countries.
Re: All that glitters is not gold.
by Navi Reyd (View MyPage) on Jun 08, 2012 12:46 AM
Forget about the USA. The British illegally put parts of China into their British Indian Empire. Forget about the USA. India should give those territories back to China.
Re: Re: All that glitters is not gold.
by wasing taggu (View MyPage) on Jun 10, 2012 10:43 AM
Really? And the Chinese “legally” put Tibet/Aksai Chin/Inner Mongolia into China? Apologists like you are the reason why India appears weak. Better for people like you to move to China & join their communist party….coz any such statements in China and you would have “disappeared”….
Expecting a war with china
by Ayyappan Ramasamy (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 10:50 PM
We lost lot of our territoy during 1962 war. We should get back to avoid a setback to Indian history. Wish this be a preparation for such a major war.
For USA, China have bad trade practises by buying american security bonds & not allowing chinese Yen appreciation. USA’s trade issue was tunrned down by China. Then they left with war to change policy.
Expecting a war, before end of this year to achieve:
1. India gets its lost territory
2. Changing to a trade friendly chinese govt.
NEW COLD WAR
by lax yopr (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 10:26 PM | Hide replies
So begins the new coldwar, and India is caught in the middle.
Re: NEW COLD WAR
by Mahesh Jagga (View MyPage) on Jun 08, 2012 07:04 PM
Those who do not choose wisely are always in the crossfire.
by Trend setter (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 10:00 PM
This is a pretext by US to spy on China.
Get lost no time
by ganesh pillai (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 03:41 PM | Hide replies
Who is china to dictate ?
India should dictate it on POK and Tibet, by taking it on International meetings.
by BhadMeinJaao Nahi (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 12:54 PM | Hide replies
Certainly this type of mission have different motives. India should be careful
by Sridhar Seetharaman (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 03:22 PM
The Chinese Presence in POK is akin to US interest in Arunachal Pradesh. It is high time China learns to live peacefully withy Its Neighbours
Re: Re: Certainly
by manish sharma (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 04:06 PM
well said Shridhar.
InSensitivity at Best
by ratanlal purohit (View MyPage) on Jun 07, 2012 11:48 AM
India is not at all sensitive in North east or west. But China is in haste. Tibet taken POK on Arunachal is the next.