China supporting northeast rebels: former army officer

October 18th, 2011 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, Oct 18 (IANS) Chinese intelligence agencies are supporting insurgents in India’s northeast, former Eastern Command chief Lt. Gen. J.R. Mukherjee said Tuesday.

He made the remark while advocating better relations between India, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, saying this would help bring down militancy in the northeastern states.

“We need to have friendly relations with China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Unless India’s relationship improve with these countries, northeast militants will continue to find safe havens,” Mukherjee said at a two-day workshop here in Meghalaya.

Citing the example of United Liberation Front of Asom’s Paresh Baruah, Mukherjee said the fugitive was getting shelter in Myanmar and in China’s Yunnan province.

Mukherjee said Mynmarese military junta earlier supported Indian militant outfits because India was supporting the pro-democracy movement.

The former army official said that China had built infrastructure throughout the border areas whereas Indian security forces and government agencies had failed to do so.

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