On expected lines, China has been meddling with the ongoing peace talks in Nagaland. The NSCN(K) which ought to have been a player in the talks has been stopped by China, Intelligence Bureau reports state.
The frequent meetings between the Chinese and the NSCN(K) leaders at Ruli and Kunming in South China’s Yunnan province has been reported by the intelligence agencies. The Chinese hold at least 2 meetings in a month with this faction at these places to ensure that the peace talks are stalled the IB also reported.
Following the death of NSCN(K) boss, S S Khaplang, China oversaw the transition in the outfit. China ensured that self-styled “Lt Gen” Khango Konak took over the outfit following Khaplang’s death in June.
The report also states that China constantly dissuades the faction from joining the pace talks. The outfit is under tremendous pressure from various quarters especially those in civil society to join the peace talks. However China has ensured that the group does not enter into talks with the government of India.
For the NSCN(K) the situation is a difficult one. If it continues to tow China’s line, then it runs the risk the losing support from the civil society.The Indian agencies on the other hand are engaging with members in the civil society to ensure that the pressure on the outfit is high so that it joins the peace talks.
India is also ensuring that it engages with Konak constantly. Unlike Khaplang the new leader is in favour of joining the peace talks. It may be recalled that Khaplang had unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire in March 2015.