Dragon Dares through Treachery
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 18 Jun , 2020

The gory events that took place at icy heights at the Galwan standoff point (PP 14) on the evening of Monday, 15 June, 2020 and carried on late into the night has exposed the true colour of the Dragon. Claiming to be the most modernised Army prepared for combat in “Local Wars under Informationized Conditions”, the Chinese Army soldiers displayed barbaric tendencies of the middle age when throwing to wind all treaties and conventions they attacked the unsuspecting  Commanding Officer of an Indian unit with iron rods, Base Ball bats laced with spikes and barbed wires, gloves fitted with iron spikes and chains leading to a brawl of most unethical style resulting in heavy casualties on both sides.

One thing is certain that the attack by the Chinese was unprovoked, pre-meditated and had the blessings of superior commanders.

One thing is certain that the attack by the Chinese was unprovoked, pre-meditated and had the blessings of superior commanders. It cannot be brushed off as a sudden rush of blood or ‘bravado’ by a local commander too much obsessed with the Chinese movie “Wolf Warrior”.

It was a clear case of betrayal of faith by the Chinese after having agreed to a certain pull backs as Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) as overall plan of de-escalation leading towards the ultimate solution of the one-month old standoff between the two armies in Eastern Ladakh. What prompted the Chinese to resort to such a treachery is matter of conjectures but is definitely driven by its “Middle Kingdom” syndrome.

The devious Chinese mind-set can be gauged from the contents of a late night article published in, the mouthpiece of Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Global Times. “India has been building extensive infrastructure facilities along the border, and forcibly built part of the facilities in the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control regardless of bilateral divergences over the border disputes The two sides went into repeated physical clashes as Chinese soldiers tried to stop their Indian counterparts.”

A blatant lie since there has never been any dispute in the perception of LAC between the two armies in the Galwan Valley sector. The Chinese never in the past had crossed the LAC here. The Global Times version is an afterthought cover up plan as it is at variance with the earlier statement issued by the spokesperson of the Western Theatre Command of PLA. It would be pertinent to mention here that India is building a road up to PP14, which is well within its territory.

The next paragraph of the article highlights the Chinese anxiety and fear. It reads, “The arrogance and recklessness of the Indian side is the main reason for the consistent tensions along China-India borders. In recent years, New Delhi has adopted a tough stance on border issues, which is mainly resulted from two misjudgements. It believes that China does not want to sour relations with India because of increasing strategic pressure from the US, therefore China lacks the will to hit back provocations from the Indian side.

The global community has not forgotten how China bullied its way in the South China Sea despite international tribunal’s verdict to the contrary and has since declared a South China Sea District.

In addition, some Indian people mistakenly believe their country’s military is more powerful than China’s. This misrepresentations affect the rationality of Indian opinion and add pressure to India’s China policy.” The article is a display of the Chinese arrogance laced with it’s image of ‘neighbourhood bully’. The Chinese leadership believes in, “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” Xi Jinping is certainly acting towards return to the Middle Kingdom era where China would sit atop all other sovereign states with no deference for their opinion except submission to the Dragon’s demands.

The global community has not forgotten how China bullied its way in the South China Sea despite international tribunal’s verdict to the contrary and has since declared a South China Sea District. A classic example of China’s cartographic aggression, a legacy of the Middle Kingdom.

China’s attempts in Ladakh are similar, a well-planned and coordinated cartographic invasion beginning with forcible occupation of Aksai Chin in late fifties, retention of territories occupied in 1962, annexing Shaksgam Valley through an agreement with Pakistan and thereafter frequent forays into Ladakh to lay claim on the grazing grounds of local Mons. China is well known for shifting stances mixing past and present with a motive for the future, throwing all bilateral agreements to the wind.

Putting together various threads available it appears that as part of the agreement reached during the Corps Commander level meeting held on 06 June, the Chinese troops opposite PP 14 were required to move further eastwards to their base called Post 1.

It may be recalled that the Chinese have built two posts namely Post 2 and Post 1 along the bank of Galwan River after it takes a turn and runs almost parallel to the LAC well within the Chinese territory before it enters India at PP 14. They have also built a road up to Post 1. The entire process was required to be completed within 10 days ending 15 June. The Chinese were to begin the thinning out since they had begun the build-up. The Indian CO, therefore along with a platoon strength had gone to oversee the de-escalation process being the last day for the Chinese pull back.

It was the Chinese side which not only broke all agreements, conventions and treaties. The behaviour of the Chinese troops was nothing but barbaric. China suffered a humiliating tactical defeat.

While the talks were going on, the Chinese soldiers in a pre-meditated move displayed their barbaric ancestry and attacked the CO with spiked rods and baseball bats. The following Indian troops rushed to the scene and hell broke out thereafter. The brawl took an ugly turn. After the initial casualties there was no backing down from either side.

The scene of clash was a dicey narrow ledge with a deep ravine. Reinforcements arrived and the mayhem continued well into the night at those icy heights in the open. It was the Chinese side which not only broke all agreements, conventions and treaties. The behaviour of the Chinese troops was nothing but barbaric. China suffered a humiliating tactical defeat.

But as was expected of the Chinese, they shifted the entire blame on the Indian side. The fact that the Chinese action was pre-meditated and had the blessings of the higher military commanders can be substantiated from the fact that the spokesperson of the Western Theatre Command issued a press note. It reads, “China always owns sovereignty over the Galwan Valley region, and the Indian border defense troops are inconsistent with their words and seriously violated the agreements both countries have reached, the consensus made during the army commander level talks and harmed the relations of the two militaries and the feelings of the two countries’ peoples. India should stop all provocative actions, meet the Chinese side halfway and come back to the right path of solving disputes through talks.”

A bundle of lies and smacks of arrogance. The typical superiority complex of ‘China can do no wrong.’ Compare this statement with the Global Times statement written above to draw your own conclusion how China is trying to change the entire narrative by shifting the blame on India. But who will believe China except the sold-out Western media and its cultivated lobby in India. China is still looking for a face-saving strategy to get out of Wuhan virus blame when it has landed into another global embarrassment with a faulty notion of having embarrassed India.

Having received a bloody nose from India and after getting an unexpected response, China is now looking for a face saving exit formula. Its treacherous attempt to shift the blame on Indian troops is finding no takers but despite total control on media, it is finding difficult to hide the large figure of fatal casualties. China has learnt though through a bitter lesson that its army is not combat ready and its soldiers are no match to battle hardened Indian soldiers.

China’s actions in Galwan have only reinforced what was always known the world over since the Korean War, that their word can never be trusted and agreements are only a piece of paper.

Despite carrying the improvised lethal equipment, the Chinese were no match to the Indians in a hand to hand combat. Despite starting the altercation and having suffered humiliation China has started talking of peace, quite unlike the Chinese.

China’s actions in Galwan have only reinforced what was always known the world over since the Korean War, that their word can never be trusted and agreements are only a piece of paper. They are past master in twisting facts through bluff and blustery. Similarly, Chinese appeal for restraint and peace should not be taken at face value, it’s part of their psy cum information warfare. They are always conscious of their global image of a responsible and peace loving state and would try to portray India as the aggressor.

Quoting again the Global Times, “China urges India to restraint its frontline troops and return to the avenue of talks. Chinese side treats the incident as an on-site conflict conducted only by frontline troops, and still see that dialogue is the ultimate approach to solving such issues.” It further reads, “The Indian leadership should also attain this kind of rationale, restrain aggressive forces and frontline officers within its military, and let this bloody conflict be resolved by the wisdom of both sides.”

China has yet to see India’s aggression. It will have to pay for the unnecessary provocation leading to a bloody conflict and will no more be able to mislead the Indians through sweettalk and diplomatically laced statements.

Chinese for once have crossed the red line and pushed back the efforts being made by the two sides at political level to continue good relations despite the pending boundary issue. It has also made all the five treaties signed so far between the two nations to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border. China has been violating them frequently but never crossed the Rubicon. Fatal casualties have taken place for the first time since 1975 when a patrol clash took place in Arunachal Pradesh.

If China thinks that it can dictate terms to India on border management and carry out bilateral trade on its terms because of a perceived superior armed forces, it is sadly mistaken and has learnt a lesson the harder way.

The kind of Indian response to the Chinese dare is a matter of speculation as of now, though the reports of Army being given a free hand have emerged from the South Block.

China today whose land mass consists of 60 percent forcibly occupied territories has been bullying its neighboursto continue with its expansionist policies. So far, it had used restrain and not provoked India beyond a point. Though it had off and on being talking of the Tibet being its palm and Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh its fingers, it never dared to enforce its claim which is not only baseless but erratic. With the treachery done by China now, It can forget about the fingers and should prepare itself to lose the palm as well.

India does not want war but would not compromise even an inch of Indian Territory and China will have to begin with pull back its troops to the status as it existed prior to 08 May. The kind of Indian response to the Chinese dare is a matter of speculation as of now, though the reports of Army being given a free hand have emerged from the South Block. Having secured a tactical victory  Indian Army would be planning to ensure operational as well as strategic ascendancy over its bully neighbour.

Statements given by the RakshaMantri and Pradhan Mantri are significant and self-explanatory. But one thing is certain that the Galwan incident will become a defining moment in Sino-Indian relations. China has lost the plot and the dominating position it has always been proud of. The Chinese pride has been shattered beyond repairs and same goes for the Sino-Indian relations which would take time to regain the old bonhomie. India stands firmly with its armed forces.The whole world and specially the littoral states of South China Sea are watching eagerly how India responds to the Big Bully.

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  1. As an aside 200 Indians in PLA land could not save their limpet soldiers – even after calling in re-inforcements ?

    Where is the innovation of the great Hindoo Race ? dindooohindoo

    This is the race that developed an anti-rape underwear – which had a GPS,auto SMS to Police,Electric shock and a trap for the organ AND a video camera !

    My My My ! What genius !

    This an’t it !

    They also developed a Vagina lock – made of steel and alumunium to stop rapes !

    Wonderbar !

    Such rarified genius and STILL the Indian army re-inforcements COULD not think of a weapon to carry ?

  2. Very good article, Sir. But, I sincerely regret that after PM Modi’s statements last night, India is going to let China keep the Galwan Heights and threaten India’s road/bridge activity along the Shyok river. Very soon — maybe next year — China would cut off that road and assault DBO and Siachen in a joint Sino-Pak pact. So much for the capability of Indian forces that they didn’t see this coming! The only way out is to heavily reinforce Ladakh.

  3. More than Chinese treachery what matters most is the ineptitude of current political leadership to take a decisive action on the Chinese intrusion which continued unabated for 45 days starting from May’20.
    Most of the ex. Army-men interviewed are of the opinion that if the commanding officer falls because of a hostile action, engagement rules allow the soldiers to use fire-arms.
    Somewhere the current political leadership balked at such action thereby letting the army down.

  4. This article is inaccurate and needs more indepth analysis, not blind opinions.

    The Chinese tent were setup first because India tried to build a road into the territory disputed by India but held by China. Not only was India gioven warnings, it was ignored and the construction had only increased in haste.

    The loses to Indian army was due to a counter response from an attack on the PLA tents. The tents were still well within Chinese terroritory that India think should be disputed even after losing the 1962 war.

    See Henderson-Brooks-Bhagat report still withheld from Indian public and obtained through a leak.

    So all you people who say “I don;t trust China” is only because you live under lies and it doesn’t match up with the facts.

  5. Having lived in HK for 18 years, I would not trust the Chinese. I was a 16 year old schoolboy in 1962 in Tanganyika( before Tanzania) when Ram Sathe was High Commissioner and was a regular at our house for Sunday Lunch and my elder brother & bhabhi guests at his Residence for Flag Raising. Nehru and Krishna Menon had degraded defence and let the guard down through “HINDI CHINI BHAI BHAI”. PM Modi, Jaishanker, Doval and the Joint Chiefs should be ready for a TWO FRONT assault against China and PoK. Encourage the Indian public to boycott their products(we did back in the 60s) and ALL INDIA RADIO of the time was broadcasting RASHTRIYA GEETS to get the JOSH going. Do it now, get ammunitions and spares ready. I was born in the BRITISH RAJ in Gujarat.

  6. PLA threw stones at night,for hours !? And the Indians did not call in re-inforcements ? And the re-inforcements also came in unarmed ?

    5 hours of stoning and clubbing – in a low oxygen freeze zone ? And there was no drone by the Indians ? No Aerial recon for 5 hours and they left the Indians to die ? Were the Indians captured, tortured and killed ? Awwwwwwch !

    And in those 5 hours of killing – the 2 Army commanders did not talk ?

    How did the Indians die ? Did they die of loss of blood,trauma,organ failure or pneumonia ?

    Ain’t asking the right questions !

    PLA got away with murder – allowing the lies about the PLA death toll to roll and taking the Indians for a stroll – and throwing their dead bodies into a hole – and keeping the Indian Land

    The PLA takeover of Indian land and mysterious killing of Indians – turning point for the Congress.dindooohindoo

  7. As an aside, does anyone believe that PRC lost 100 men ? This is also a PLA strategem – to let the Indian Cowards gloat – AND NOT TAKE BACK THE OCCUPIED LAND. The Chinese know the Indian Psyche – the psyche of cowards and weasels.

    The Indians are LYING .There ate many more dead and POW and MIA.The PLA is also lying – and their casualties should be near ZERO.The encounter happened on PLA land – and would have been over very soon.Killing 20 men with spikes is easy chowmein with Beijing Steamed Duck.

    The PLA calculus is that – Indians will gloat over 100/1000 PLA dead (which is a lie) and forget the land taken over by the PLA – in the noise of the lies.They bet that Indians will be conned by the cheap bravado of their politicians ! dindooohindoo


    If PLA is on the heights and the Indians went into PLA zone for talks – how can 100 PLA be killed ?
    At night ? With Night Vision Goggles and Thermal cameras ? Ate there knife wounds,or wire wounds or stone wounds ? And the Indians went unarmed ?

    The Indian apes did not learn the lessons of Shivaji and Aurangzeb ? Zora Singh who was killed by the Chinese – also made somewhat the same mistake

    And the PLA kill squad made 1 mistake.1st kill the radio/wireless man,then kill the radio,then check the dead bodies of thermal trackers,kill the trackers and then kill the rest.That way there are no re-inforcements.And then do not kill with knives and nails.Kill with stones and fracture the bones and throw the man into the lake to freeze.That way – it is an accident – which no post mortem can prove otherwise. Planning and the right advice is key – and for which a performance based consultant is critical

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