Former Congress MP Ninong Ering believes that Chinese are attempting to recruit youths from Arunachal Pradesh into the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
“As per the information we have received so far, the Chinese PLA is trying to recruit youths from Tibet as well as Arunachal. It is a matter of grave concern and Union defence ministry and home should take it seriously,” said the former Lok Sabha MP.
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Communities living in China border are being recruited
People from the Nishi, Adi, Mishimi, and Idu communities living around the China border, he claims, share some connections with the Chinese Lhoba community.
“There is a similarity between the language spoken by the people of Lhoba community and the people of Arunachal Pradesh living along the border areas. But this does not necessarily mean that they would like to join the Chinese PLA,” he said.
Preventing Arunachali residents from being influenced by China
However, the Congress leader claimed that given the manner buildings were being built in Bisa and roads were being built in Gehling and Anini, it was impossible to rule out the possibility that Arunachal Pradesh’s border people might be affected by China.
“I would like to request defence ministry to take the matter seriously and take steps to recruit Arunachali youths in different forces to save our border,” said the former MP.