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LAC: Fast Forward to the Summer of 2021
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 27 Jul , 2020

The 1962 Chinese attack was – “To demolish India’s arrogance and illusions of grandeur. China had taught India a lesson and would do so again and again.” Chinese President Liu Shaoqi to Sri Lankan President Felix Bandaranaike

2021 is the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. The party has pledged to achieve a full Xiaokangsociety by then. By “Xiaokang” (roughly meaning “moderately well-off”) the party has outlined this in objective, quantitative terms: a doubling of the 2010 per capita income figures. It is one of the basic foundations of Xi Jinping’s ideology of “Chinese Dream”. It will, therefore, brook no obstacles or hindrances in its pursuit of its ‘Chinese Dream’.

Armed patrols are racing to reach the points on the LAC which China has unilaterally and arbitrarily defined for itself. An LAC, which, it has deliberately not wanted to share with India to maintain ambiguity so as to up the ante when it wants to.

So as the winter of 2021recedes in the high Himalayas of the desolate region of Eastern Ladakh, there is fervent activity by the Chinese Border Guards all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) supported by freshly inducted formations of regular PLAA (People’s Liberation Army Army), PLAAF (PLA Air Force), elements of PLARF (PLA Rocket Force), PLASSF (PLA Strategic Support Force) and PLAJLSF (PLA Joint Logistic Support Force) from Kashgar, Xining and Chengdu. Armed patrols are racing to reach the points on the LAC which China has unilaterally and arbitrarily defined for itself. An LAC, which, it has deliberately not wanted to share with India to maintain ambiguity so as to up the ante when it wants to.

There is similar activity in Shipki La in Himachal Pradesh; in Barahoti in Uttrakhand. There are patrols in the area of Limpiyadhura which Nepal has declared as the new Western Tri-Junction of India-Tibet-Nepal. There is a large presence of PLA forces along with the Nepalese Army troops in Tinkar in Nepal near Gunji which lies on the Kailash-Mansarovar trackto Lipulekh. This deployment was undertaken consequent to the Nepali Parliament redefining the boundary with India in July 2020. The PLA is also active in North Sikkim in Naku La and also east of the prominent ‘Finger’ jutting into the Tibetan plateau in North Sikkim. Having had an unfavourable encounter in Doklam in 2017, this time around the PLA hascrossed the Thagla Ridge in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh and raised a dispute with regard to the location of the Eastern Tri-Junction of India-Tibet-Bhutan, contesting India’s alignment of the McMahon Line here. There are reports of Chinese patrols in the area or the upper Subansari River near Taksing and Longju. They have also set up summer camp of approximately a company strength North of Geling on the West bank of the zig-zaging Brahmaputra just before the riverturn finally south and enters Arunachal Pradesh. Increased Chinese patrolling activity has also been reported east of the Lohit River towards the India-Tibet-Myanmar Tri-Junction.  

Consequent to the premeditated coordinated actions of the PLA in the summer of 2020 in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian military forces had been deployed in forward locations all along the LAC so as to be prepared to thwart similar misadventures in future. The army remained in its forward locations along the LAC throughout the winter and were thus poised and prepared to deal with the situation as hypothesized. However it is a purely defensive deployment poised only to react to any PLA transgression. However, this time around there is no restriction to hold back use of force as necessitated to effectively counter the Chinese actions. 

The army remained in its forward locations along the LAC throughout the winter and were thus poised and prepared to deal with the situation as hypothesized. However it is a purely defensive deployment poised only to react to any PLA transgression.

The above may have been a hypothetical worst case scenario conjured up by a “Devil’s Advocate” some years back, but in 2021 this is now accepted as the “new normal” along the LAC.      

The Chinese focus on Eastern Ladakh has become a perennialsummer activity. In April 2013 it was a 21 day stand-off in Depsang. It was a sort of curtain raiser to the visit of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. In September 2014 it was a 16 days stand-off in Chumar and Demchok this time in close coordination with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India!!

Three years later, on 17-18 June 2017, the Chinese were back to realign the LAC, in Doklam, in Bhutanese territory. Thiswas an attempt to change the location of the existing Western Tri-Junction of India-Bhutan-Tibet at Batang La to ‘Gipmochi’.  

Transgressions across the LAC in Ladakh by Chinese patrolling parties have been a norm. In 2017 the number of transgressions recorded were 337, 2018 it was 284 but in 2019 there was a quantum jump to 497 transgressions. The figures for the entire LAC for these three years are 473, 404 and 663, respectively.

The Training Mobilisation Order (TMO) of 2 January 2020 is, as expected, much hyped by Chinese official media and interpreted as something very special by India’s hyperactive media. All training in the military is undertaken to practice procedures and drills to fight a war and win it. Xi Jinping saying it does not make the TMO very special. He signed it in his capacity of Chairman CMC not President of China. India too practiced conduct of operations in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh in October 2019 by three of the newly conceptualised Integrated Battle Groups. China was compelled to respond. Operation Brasstacks of 1987 was more threatening with a force of 600,000 participating from all three Services against Pakistan!  

All training in the military is undertaken to practice procedures and drills to fight a war and win it. Xi Jinping saying it does not make the TMO very special. He signed it in his capacity of Chairman CMC not President of China. India too practiced conduct of operations in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh in October 2019 by three of the newly conceptualised Integrated Battle Groups.

Why is there an increasing frequency of transgressions over the years? Does China intend to use force to establish a LAC favourable to it? Were the talks since 1988 only to bide time while it strengthened itself in Tibet? Why does China harbour an antagonistic attitude towards India? This in spite of India bending over backward to appease China over these decades!!

On the contrary, India had adopted flexible and cooperative approach towards China. This approach is clearly reflected in the following statement of Prime Minister Pundit Jawahar LalNehru – “Any policy towards China would have to take into consideration the close proximity of the two nations having a frontier of 2,000 miles . . . We have to consider our policy in regard to China remembering not only whatever past we may have had, that we have to live together in peace and friendship, and I hope, cooperation.” India continued to be sympathetic to China particularly at the time of Korean conflict. After the Korean conflict, communist China had taken on an ideological task of spreading communism in the other parts of the world. Under this pretext, she reiterated her determination “to liberate Tibet from imperialistic aggression. It was quite clear that the communist China had planned to subjugate “independent Tibet”.

In a sudden move in 1950 the PLA ‘invaded’ Tibet and surprised all. A helpless India accepted the capture of Tibet by the Chinese without a demur. In fact India went out of the way to help PLA consolidate its hold in Tibet. It took on the responsibility of transporting all the equipment and logistic requirement for the Chinese force in Tibet. The Chinese never divulged the number of Chinese troops and labour present in Tibet, but the logistic supplies were for approximately 50,000 personnel. The loads were received at Kolkata and transported to Gangtok, in Sikkim, which acted as a trans-shipment point. Here bulk load was broken and prepared for loading it on Animal Transport that carried it all the way over Nathu La to Yatung. All this was being done while the Chinese were fervently building a network of roads in Tibet and into Tibet from the Mainland. However, they did not extend the road south of Yatung to Nathu La to hide from India the extent of road construction in Tibet had progressed. Consequently the Central Highway from Gormo to Xining to Lhasa wascompleted in 1950 but the supplies through India were stopped only in 1954 when the Eastern Highway from Chengdu in Sichuan was completed.  

In 1950, in informal talks by US State Officials with the Indian Ambassador to US, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, they hinted of the possibility of India replacing Republic of China as a UNSC permanent member. However, there was never any official correspondence on the matter as such.

In 1950, in informal talks by US State Officials with the Indian Ambassador to US, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, they hinted of the possibility of India replacing Republic of China as a UNSC permanent member. However, there was never any official correspondence on the matter as such. Moreover, the PM made it clear to the Indian Ambassador to the US that such a move is not acceptable as it would be detrimental to India’s relations with China and instead recommend that Communist China was a more deserving candidate. Again in 1955, the Soviets did informally seek a “sounding out India’s views” whether India would accept the seat as UNSC member but again India did not respond or pursue the matter any further. Nehru was clear that the PRC was not an ordinary power. In 1950, he had stated in the Indian parliament: “Can anyone deny China at the present moment the right of a Great Power from the point of view of strength and power?…she is a Great Power, regardless of whether you like or dislike it.” He underlined that the PRC was a “well-established fact” and that excluding the PRC from Security Council was an “unrealistic state of affairs.”

In 1960, Nehru argued that it was “absurd” to have the ROC represent China at the UN. He believed that “the whole balance of power has changed not only in the Far East but in the world because of this new China.” Not accommodating the PRC in world politics was not only foolish but dangerous. Prudence dictated that the PRC be provided a status commensurate with its power and that it not be shunned.

On the contrary, China has viewed India with suspicion. Besides what Liu Shaoqi said to Bandaranaike (quoted above), Mao Zedong confirmed this line of thinking when he told a Nepalese delegation in 1964 that the – “Major problem between India and China was not the McMahon Line, but the Tibetan question”. Later in 1973, Zhou EnLai was to tell Henry Kissinger that the conflict between India and China took place because Nehru was getting “cocky”!!!

Mao Zedong confirmed this line of thinking when he told a Nepalese delegation in 1964 that the – “Major problem between India and China was not the McMahon Line, but the Tibetan question”. Later in 1973, Zhou EnLai was to tell Henry Kissinger that the conflict between India and China took place because Nehru was getting “cocky!!

The birth of these two nations could not be more contrasting. One shed the yoke of colonialism through a non-violent struggle and the other had to first fight to oust the Japanese from the mainland then China’s two ideological factions got embroiled in a three year long civil war. These very different scenarios in the inception of the two Nations, coloured their leaders world view and influenced the formulation of their national interests. PM Nehru believed that India’s own policies were based on firm, higher principles of law, history and simple justice. China, however, seemed to be pursuing its policies oblivious of those principles! India acted on the basis of high moral principles, while China acted on the basis of mere power and expedient advantage. A corollary then would be – any law upholding power, confronted by a flagrant violation of law must resort to force to achieve compliance with norms. China was violating recognised legal norms for the sake of its own power. Counter power must be used to constraint it for the sake of upholding those norms. Did Nehru think so too? This was in the 1950’s, and there seems to be no change in its current behaviour.  

Right from the beginning there was an underlying sinew of contempt towards India in the Chinese attitude. CommunistChina was not happy about the “non-aligned policy” of India and openly criticised India as a stooge of western imperialists. When the Communist Party of India sent greetings to Mao Zedong, for a grand success of communist revolution, he expressed his desire by following statement (19th October 1949) – “I firmly believe that relying on the brave Communist Party of India and unity and struggle of all Indian patriots, India will certainly not remain long under the yoke of imperialism and its collaborators. Like free China, India will one day emerge in the Socialist and Peoples Democratic family; that day will end the imperialist reactionary era in the History of mankind.” The statement of Mao Zedong shows that since 1948, Chinese had displayed rigid negative attitude towards democratic India.

Communist China was not happy about the “non-aligned policy” of India and openly criticised India as a stooge of western imperialists.

One is compelled to ask that have these same issues, as stated by the Chinese leaders of the bygone era, resurfaced? Has India now become more vocal in its support for greater and genuine autonomy of Tibetwhich is irking the Chinese? Is India becoming arrogantand having illusions of grandeur in Asia and globally? Is PM Modi becoming too “cocky”?  Is it exasperating the Chinese that PM Modi has not spoken to Xi Jinping on the situation in Ladakh, as he did during the Doklam impasse, so he too needs to be cut to size? Is China harking back to the era of the late 1950’s under Mao and seeing India a ‘running dog of imperialists’?

Consequent to a meeting with Manmohan Singh at the BRICS summit in Durban in 2013, in Xi’s declaration he stated that he wanted to settle the Himalayan border dispute not “gradually” but “as early as possible”. Was he hinting at resolution by force or coercion? Later, not too long back in 2014, when India’s newly appointed ambassador to China Ashok Kantha presented his credentials to Chinese President Xi Jinping, he was one of only three diplomats with whom the president held one-on-one talks after the ceremony was over. He told the Ambassador that he regarded furthering the India-China strategic partnership as his historic mission. What he wished to do was to move India-China relations beyond the bilateral context and deepen cooperation on regional and global issues. Why is it that the Chinese word cannot be taken at face value? Is there always a sinister motive behind such a façade?

when India’s newly appointed ambassador to China Ashok Kantha presented his credentials to Chinese President Xi Jinping, he was one of only three diplomats with whom the president held one-on-one talks after the ceremony was over. He told the Ambassador that he regarded furthering the India-China strategic partnership as his historic mission. What he wished to do was to move India-China relations beyond the bilateral context and deepen cooperation on regional and global issues.

Did India miss the lessons of the 1962 debacle? Expecting reciprocity from China for projecting it on to the global stagein the 1950’s! Neglecting the remote and distant border areasby not building infrastructure. Pursuing a ‘Forward posture’ in a modified way by establishing a series of indefensible ‘Police’ (ITBP) posts under the direct control of the MEA(this time MHA) and PM’s office. When the situation gets too hot to handle for the Police force, hand over the situation to an ill prepared and ill equipped army to resolve. Harbouring thenotion that since India believed in the philosophy of non-violence and did not covet a neighbour’s territory it can manage without a large military force. Indulging in political interference in the Army and not allowing it to follow the established procedures and traditions. And more.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on 25 November 1959, the then PM had said: 

“I can tell this House that at no time since our Independence, and of course before it, were our defence forces in better condition, in finer fettle, and with the background of our far greater industrial production. .. to help them, than they are today. I am not boasting about them or comparing them with any other country’s, but I am quite confident that our defence forces are well capable of looking after our security”.

This was a very confident statement and it must have reassured the Indian public about the country’s defences. Politicians do sometimes, for the sake of expediency, make statements which they know to be incorrect. Not long thereafter these words were to be proved blatantly false and misleading. The Army is fighting ‘with what it has’ because modernisation has been neglected. The politician of today has not learnt this lesson.

The Chinese document, Science of Military Strategy, 2013, prepared by the Academy of Military Sciences expounds that the “nature of deterrence is a threat of violence”.  It goes on to further state that its deterrence posture is multi-dimensional intended to deter foreign invasion, prevent conflicts from escalating to war but it is not a tool to dominate others. This seems a contradiction of its own theory. It further elaborates that – “China does not see itself as seeking to use force to threaten or coerce other countries and does not seek regional or global hegemony.” This is an abominable mishmash of contradictions and rhetoric which has no relation to its actions on ground. However, it must be acknowledged that China has created institutions for the study of national strategy and comprehensive national security – some of the seven main Institutes are the Academy of Military Sciences, Institute of Strategic Studies of the National Defence University, National University of Defence Technology, China Institute Of Contemporary International Relations, Chinese Academy of Social Science, and Chinese Society for Strategy and Management. India has not been able to get its own Indian National Defence University started due to military-bureaucratic turf war for over a decade. The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, is the only government funded institute which is undertaking objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security, but with not much influence on decision makers in the corridors of power and so remains more academic oriented.

India has not been able to get its own Indian National Defence University started due to military-bureaucratic turf war for over a decade.

In international relations it is said that “there are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests”. To those espousing moral law or ancient cultural bonds are forced to bite the dust. The reality with regards to bi-lateral relations with China is concerned, is that India is an obstacle in China’squest for regional hegemony. Appeasing it will not alter its behaviour towards India.

For too long India’s strategic defence posture was based on the premise of ‘trading space for time’ by defending deep in the hinterland making it difficult for the adversary to develop large scale operations in early timeframe due to the need to develop the mandatory lines of communications. To make it difficult for the adversary, India chose not developinfrastructure in the border lands. A more defeatist mindset could not have prevailed!! The major thrust to reverse this trend started only in 1997-98. However, it did not take longfor spokes being put in by agencies like the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Green Tribunal, Non Government Organisations (those with vested interests and agendas inimical to India’s security receiving funds from unknown foreign sources), State Forest Ministriesand of course the ubiquitous local politician. The requirement of ‘Compensatory Reforestation’ needs unforested land to be identified; this was not easily made available; in effect it involved allocation of additional funding for every project. A quaint situation exists in Arunachal Pradesh even today, where the land belongs to the tribes and not the State. To further confound the matter there are multiple agencies developing roads in the border areas with no single point of coordination or funding. Projects get delayed by decades and costs rise manifold jeopardising the project itself. Nothing could be more absurd and brazen. China does not face such issues in its development and infrastructure projects. Viva la democracy!!

Projects get delayed by decades and costs rise manifold jeopardising the project itself. Nothing could be more absurd and brazen. China does not face such issues in its development and infrastructure projects. Viva la democracy!!

After the incident at Longju in Arunachal Pradesh (25 August 1959, 9 Assam Rifles) and Kongka La, in Eastern Ladakh (21 October 1959, 1CRPF Battalion) the border with China became a ‘live’ border. Beginning December 1961 under its ‘Forward Policy’ India began to establish a line of isolated indefensible posts in Ladakh strung out north to south. The Army setup 60 posts (with just one infantry battalion and one J&K Militia battalion that could be inducted by then) which were so located that most of them overlooked the Chinese road through Aksai China. This was a situation that China was virtually guaranteed not to tolerate. It demonstrated this by setting up its posts opposite the Indian posts and frequently surrounding Indian posts. This led to five armed confrontations. The most serious occurred in the Galwan rivervalley. In NEFA, the Assam Rifles (under direct control of the MEA) set up 24 new posts. Many of these were up to 14 days’ march from their bases. This created a logistical nightmare and put the troops at risk of death through exposure, disease and starvation. The Chinese responded by setting up posts opposite the Indian posts. This brought the troops into eyeball confrontation. The deployments were dictated from Delhi and did not take in consideration the ground realities. The modus oprenadi seems to persist.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) was raised on 24 October 1962. Post the Group of Ministersrecommendations (2001) of ‘One border One Force’ the ITBP has been entrusted the responsibility for Border Guarding along the India-Tibet LAC. The LAC is more ‘live’ in particular sections of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. As was evidenced in the recent incidents when the PLA violentlyasserted its claim in Ladakh, there was a statement issued by the Home Minister before the Raksha Mantri got into the act. It reflects the true situation on ground too where the ITPB operates under its own independent hierarchy with minimal informal coordination at the operating and controlling levelswith the Army. Why is it that ITBP is reluctant to be under operational control of the Army? If the Border Security Force (BSF) deployed on the Line of Control (LC) in J&K can be a Border Guarding Force under operational control of the Army it defies logic to not follow the same pattern on the more sensitive stretches of the LAC. The Army is surely not keen to topple the applecart of the ITBP ‘empire’ and nor is it keen to usurp it!! Another case sacrificed at the altar of the deep rooted military-bureaucratic spat! If the Government does not understand the simple logic of the requirement then so be it. 

Why is it that ITBP is reluctant to be under operational control of the Army? If the Border Security Force (BSF) deployed on the Line of Control (LC) in J&K can be a Border Guarding Force under operational control of the Army it defies logic to not follow the same pattern on the more sensitive stretches of the LAC.

The ‘butter versus bullet’ debate needs to be countered effectively. By its actions of the summer of 2020, China is forcing India to maintain a year round comprehensive deployment of forces all along the LAC. It will have some significant fallout. One, there will be a dramatic escalation in the revenue component of the defence budget. Two, wear and tear of all types of equipment and weapon systems will be greater leading to shorter effective life. Three, chances of fire fight in a face off and skirmish will increase. Four, to suitably equip and arm the forces, adhoc off the shelf purchases of weapons, ammunitions and equipment will be resorted to which may not be the best solution for long term modernisation plans. Five, Chinese military forces will be operating from comfortable garrisons since they have the wrested the initiative and left India to only react. It evidently is a replay by the Chinese of a “Star Wars” game on India similar to that which had been inflicted by US president Regan on the Soviet Union forcing the Soviets to divert large quantum of funds and national resources for that new arms race resulting in the economic implosion of the Soviet Union. With the Corona pandemic gripping the whole country, alsothe country is facing a serious economic downturn with very rate of unemployment and no work for the self-employed and to cap it the serious monsoon floods in large parts of the country; the situation that is already grim is being further burdened with serious security threats from China and Pakistan.  

Of late there have been voices commenting on India’s naivety in not being prepared for the Chinese violent actions in Pangang Tso and later in Galwan. It is their opinion that treaties and agreements are only commitments on paper and need not be followed in letter and spirit, or words to that effect. Therein, probably, lies India’s problem. India tends to take the moral high ground and comes out a cropper. In the dog-eat-dog world of strategic power dominance, expedience is the name of the game not propriety or moral rules. India tends to speak softly but it also does not carry a big stick, that’s its inherent weakness. If we do not have the strength or vision to lead, then other powers will take our place and we will be pushed around unceremoniously.

And so because of the pusillanimity of India’s political class India shall remain mired in mediocrity.          

It is a ‘given’ that China is not a trustworthy neighbour. It will not allow India to develop and compete with it in the region. India need not be too polite and considerate about Chinese ‘core interests’ when it has no qualms of interfering in the internal affairs of India. China cannot waggle a finger at India and make it ‘come to heel’! India must shed the cumbersome redundant ideological yoke of ‘non-alignment’ and bandwagon with like-minded countries. India should shed its inhibitions of ‘carrying a big stick’ when talking. India is paying for the neglect of successive governments in the modernisation of the Armed Forces and they have been pussyfooting on the revamping of the defence PSU’s and DRDO in particular, for self-reliance in the defence sector.When will it be done – when the pigs fly?! It only indicates that the country does not have the ‘stomach’ to be a great power. And so because of the pusillanimity of India’s political class India shall remain mired in mediocrity.

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Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa

is Editor Indian Defence Review and former Chief of Staff, Eastern Command and Director General Infantry.  He has authored two books Modernisation of the People's Liberation Army and  Modernisation of the Chinese PLA

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13 thoughts on “LAC: Fast Forward to the Summer of 2021

  1. The majority of defence officers thinking about conventional war and not mountain warfare. After the 1962 war, PLA has occupied in hospital terrain in the Himalayas. and not occupied any fertile valleys on the Indian side. Chinese are really fools. They have underestimated India’s missile and rocket power. It is dangerous to use any battle tank, field guns and helicopters in the hilly area where ZigZag roads are unavoidable. After the invention of WLR, FGM-148 Javelin(American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile and MANPAD, the Field guns, battle tanks and Helicopters have become obsolete. But you people want to use obsolete equipment and foot soldiers against the enemy. Read this report: – Russia’s Lethal T-90 Tank vs. the Javelin Missile: Who Wins? In the hilly areas, enemy soldiers can hide behind a bush or a tree and destroy battle tank coming through ZigZag roads. M 777 gun is also unsuitable for the mountain ware fare after the invention of weapon Locating Radar (WLR) by the USA in the year 1980). More than 80 per cent of casualties suffered by the Indian Army during the Kargil war was due to Pakistan’s artillery fire. using the USA make WLR. By using Pinaka rockets ( its range is 80 Km) the Indian army can create the man-made landslides in the rear of PLA installation and roads coming from the Tibetan side. This will cut off the military supply of PLA. What is the necessity to stand face to face and create a condition for hand to hand combat? PLA cannot fight a war against India. if India cut off their supply in the rear that is very easy in all disputed areas in the Himalayas. More than 50000 numbers of Pinaka rockets are with the Indian army. Now only the govt understood the power of the rockets and missiles. So stop the habit of blaming the Govt and DRDO and PSUs.

      • After the introduction of the Internet, Microsoft, Google search, Google map and Google Distance calculator the war and war strategy are no more a monopoly of a few defence officers who are still thinking about foot soldiers and battle tanks. People can master the subject in any field of science and technology by sitting at home and send their ideas with photos, drawings and maps to appropriate Govt department or ministers through e-mail. So all my ideas have reached to the Govt. Except for the Infinite formless power no other power will be able to defeat India now. China’s power will fade within 2022. Since 2012 China has done only blunders. Constructing artificial Island in South China, Gadwar Port and CPEC through disputed land as they constructed G219 highway through Aksia Chin, Indian Ocean is like the English Channel, China cannot defeat India in a Naval war in the Indian Ocean. If they try it will be like what had happened to Spanish Armada and to Hitler in the world war two. Read the articles given below:
        UPDATED:SEP 6, 2019ORIGINAL:MAY 2, 2018
        “Spanish Armada”
        “Big Jolt For China As Its Rear Positions In Galwan Valley Get Flooded By Rising Icy-Water Levels Of Galwan River.” Tipu Sultan army’s ammunition had been washed away due to flood.in the Periyar river when he was camping near the river bed in a place called Aluva in Kerala and Sultan returns back to Mysore.     

    • For me, the retd defence officers are spoiling the image of the army. So read my comment and wait for the response of Indian Govt. China is not surrounding India. surrounded China. Chinese are fools. their PLA is like India’s CRPF or Border security forces. India and Isreal are the two countries in the world who had fought three front wars. The question here is whether China has got that capability?. For me, this is a small incident created by Infinite power to expose the incapability of fool, Rahul. So that his party will get a single-digit percentage of the vote in the next election and automatically lose national party status. But China will continue this kind of war against India so long Commies, Sonia Congress, and media crooks are allowed to operate in this country. Huang Guozhi, the senior editor of Modern Weaponry magazine, has said that the world’s largest and experienced country with plateau and mountain troops is neither US nor Russia but India. Indian Army knows very well their capability and PM  gave a free hand to the army and particularly field commanders. and that is why more causality on the Chinese side.   

  2. Very well analysed by the General. The author is to the point and gives complete historical backgropund. I hope and wish that our policy makers learn from such strategic thinkers and take the Chinese very seriously. My compliments to the author.

  3. Good article.🙏
    Could have been an “Excellent effort” overall….especially so the author being a Doctorate & distinguished Foot Infantry Vetearn.🙏
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    Manmeet’s candid views:-
    1) 60 % word – count is Historical- padding to the article.Another 20% is Media – Reportage padding.
    Hence , 20 % is readable as original military thoughts that are not very coherent, but have pendulum- effect of swing irrationally .
    ——————————-
    If Veteran Manmeet was to write on this Hot- Current – topical issue; my article outline would be:-
    1) 10 % Word Count covering Historical background geo- politco-military-religion- governances etc
    2) 90% article needs to be thought proving , out of the box thinking spelling out Suggested Remedial Measures / Responses as IMMEDIATE, Middle- Term & Long Term under :-
    -Global
    -SE Asia
    -Middle East
    – Rimland Neighborhood.
    Further highlighting :-
    🌸Military Reponse covering all three of our Sino- Indian Sectors – Western, Middle , Eastern.
    🌸Political cum Diplomatic.
    🌸Economic
    🌸Social & Religious.
    🌸Soft Options & Hard Options .
    ——————————
    🌸As Global – Response, it’s essential to bid vociferously that India 🇮🇳 ought to be Veto- empowered permanent member of the Security Council as New P-6 member.
    🌸Internal reforms include all IPS officers making Home Ministry Forces along Chinese border to be handed over to Army manning as
    in case of ASSAM RIFLES.
    🌸Declassification of Brooks- Bhagat Report on 1962 Debacle ought to be mentioned.
    🌸OSINT IMINT satellite images of Google Earth 🌍; and various websites ought to be referred to in the “ References “ at the bottom of the Article.
    🌸Cover- two front opening option with China and Pak in tandem.
    Why is author silent on Iran 🇮🇷 angle , the all season brothership between Pak and China …. now it’s start of China- Iran in the Middle East?
    🌸Nuclear option ought to be covered .
    🌸Plus , there are many more vital aspects to be covered .
    The Word- Space management is vital to give out Future and Pr

    • Dear Manmeet (Veteran),
      Thanks for your very detailed analysis with word count and the interesting categorisation. This article is aimed at awareness on the issue. Having dealt with the Chinese in the Joint Working Group Meetings, they record every meeting in detail and are always quoting those. So the relevance. To cover all the matters you raised would make it unwieldy.
      However, you are welcome to pen your views under the various heads you have identified and I’ll upload it on our web magazine.
      Regards and good wishes.
      Jiti Bajwa

  4. That China is a Bully is not lost on anyone except Indian Policy makers who are in actuality Homilies makers. Hindi Chini bhai bhai, Hindi is no bhai but Chini surely is a Bhai of “Hafta” variety. We have to choose between paying “Hafta” or meeting Chini Bhai with brute force. Homilies is not an option.

  5. Absolutely right. We have a national inclination to cringe and rely on prayer and petition when facing China. We invest in lethargy and complacence during years of peace, and panic when faced with war. We never punish incompetence inefficiency and failure. China does not have to defeat us, we will eventually fall at their feet as the Chinese quislings take power.

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