The Chinese government was blocking development work in Arunchal Pradesh by objecting to a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Congress MP Takam Sanjoy has said.
"A senior officer of the Chinese government, in the rank of vice-chairperson, objected to the sanction of $60 million for Arunachal Pradesh at a meeting held in New Delhi in May to discuss a package of $2.9 billion which was to be funded by the ADB for development work in the country," Sanjoy told reporters in Guwahati last night.
In an apparent reference to the claims often made by China that Arunachal was part of its territory, the MP, who is the general secretary of the North East Congress Coordination (NECCC), said "My state is on the top of the mainstream map of India and no force whether it is Chinese or any other can claim an inch of our land."
Claiming that major development work had been undertaken by China along the Sino-Indian border which was a matter of great concern, the MP underlined the need for a IAF airbase in Arunachal Pradesh on the line of airbases at Chhabua, Jorhat and Tezpur in Assam.
"Massive development in the state could be the only answer to the Chinese buildup of infrastructure on their side including construction of a 1000 km highway," he said.