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 the Chinese 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 resupply missions between Assam and Kunming, China, during the war. The US Department of Defense states that over 500 aircraft are still listed missing in the China-India-Burma theatre of the Second World War.
The wreckage of nearly 19 aircraft was discovered north of Itanagar, south of Walong, upper Siang and at other sites in 2006 by a US-based private explorer, Clayton Kuhles. 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. Also on hold are trilateral exercises between India, Japan and the US. The five-nation quadrilateral exercises like Malabar which involved Singapore, Australia, India and the US have also been put on hold.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Forget the GOP, let China in the debt ceiling debate and Obama will bend over backwards to meet their demands.