[NewTangDynastyNewsJune292021Beijingtime]The situation on the border between China and India is once again tense. Recently, India has added 50,000 troops to the Sino-Indian border to adopt an “offensive defense” posture against China for the first time. Bloomberg said on the 28th that the number of Indian troops currently deployed on the Sino-Indian border has increased to 200,000.
The report quoted four unnamed sources as saying that the CCP deployed troops in disputed border areas and expanded military facilities in Tibet. After that, India added 50,000 troops to the Sino-Indian border in order to adopt an “offensive defense” strategy against China.
The source also said that in the past few months, India has sent additional ground forces and fighter squadrons to three areas along the China-India border. The current Indian troops deployed on the Sino-Indian border have increased to 200,000, which is about 40% more troops than last year.
The report said that the Indian military’s strategy on the Sino-Indian border in the past was to prevent and block the CCP’s operations; and the new military deployment will give Indian commanders more options, including the deployment of lightweight infantry and more helicopters. Carrying infantry and American-made M777 howitzers, travel from one valley to another.
The northern region of Ladakh, where conflicts between China and India have repeatedly erupted, is the region where India has increased the most troops. Twenty thousand Indian troops, including those once engaged in counter-terrorism operations on the border between India and Pakistan, are now deployed in this area.
According to sources, the “Rafale” fighter jets and long-range missiles that India has just purchased from France are also deployed in the border areas to provide support to ground forces. The Indian Navy has also strengthened and extended patrol deployment in important waters. The Indian Navy is also studying shipping routes for Chinese cargo and oil.
Although it is not clear how many troops China has on the border, India has discovered that the Chinese military has recently transferred more troops from Tibet to the Xinjiang Military Command, which is responsible for patrolling disputed areas along the Himalayas. Two people familiar with the matter said that China is adding new runway buildings, bullet-proof shelters to accommodate fighter jets and a new airport along the disputed border in Tibet. They said that Beijing has also added long-range artillery, tanks, rocket regiments and twin-engine fighter jets in the past few months.
Bloomberg said that the current worry is that any misjudgment may lead to more intense conflicts. Recently, several rounds of military and diplomatic negotiations aimed at restoring the border between China and India have been progressing slowly.
The report quoted the Indian Brigadier General and former Army Commander of the Northern Military Region, DS Hooda, as saying, “Both sides will patrol the disputed area vigorously. A small local incident may lead to loss of control and bring unexpected consequences.”
The report said that India’s decision to increase troops to the China-India border was made after a relatively peaceful period of time in the border area after the two countries’ clashes in the border area last year. The report also said that in last year’s conflict, India lost approximately 300 square kilometers of land in the disputed area.
The Chinese and Indian military evacuated after 10 months of tense standoff
At the beginning of May last year, there was a tense confrontation between the Chinese and Indian militaries in the border area. At the time, Indian officials stated that Chinese soldiers had crossed three different border points in Ladakh and set up tents and outposts, ignoring verbal warnings asking them to leave.
On June 15 of the same year, the two armed forces broke out in the Ladakh region the worst conflict in 45 years. The Indian side claimed that at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 were injured. Many media reported that the number of deaths in China was higher than that of the Indian army, but in February this year, the CCP announced 1 death and 3 injuries.
Indian military officers displayed photos taken by border soldiers, exposing that the CCP soldiers used maces (rusted steel welded iron nails) to attack, while India responded with stones. After that, Sino-Indian relations took a sharp turn.
On September 7th of the same year, gunfire broke out near the disputed Bangong Lake between the two countries. India and China accused each other of firing warning shots in the sky. It is believed that this is the first time since 1975 that the peace on the border between the two countries has been broken by gunfire.
After that, the two sides continued to increase their military deployments in the area. In response to the tension, since the conflict, senior military commanders of China and India have held nine rounds of military commander-level negotiations.
According to the “disengagement” agreement reached during the ninth round of talks, in addition to withdrawing the front-line troops, Singh said that the two sides also agreed to dismantle the defensive facilities built on the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake.
On February 17 this year, the Chinese Communists suddenly withdrew from the Pangong Tso area.
CCP deploys a large number of long-range rockets after the outbreak in India
The confrontation between China and India that lasted for 10 months has only been more than two months. The footage broadcast by CCTV in early May showed that a large number of digital versions of PHL-03 long-range self-propelled rockets have been deployed in the Xinjiang Military Region at an altitude of 5,200 meters.
The Chinese military also deployed the PHL-03 long-range self-propelled rocket launcher to the Tibet Military Region in October last year. The Xinjiang Military Region and the Tibet Military Region are both military locations of the CCP close to the Sino-Indian border.
The PHL-03 long-range self-propelled rocket launcher has 12 300mm caliber guns with a range of 130 kilometers. It has high mobility and can quickly prepare for battle. It is suitable for a variety of difficult terrains. After deployment, the pressure on the Indian army will increase.
The timing of the CCP’s move was at the time when a new wave of epidemics broke out in India. At that time, the number of people diagnosed daily increased day after day, and countries all extended a helping hand. Taking advantage of the worsening situation in India, the CCP once again deployed a large number of PHL-03 long-range self-propelled rockets. Aroused the attention of international public opinion.
At that time, many official accounts of the Political and Legal Department of the Communist Party of China also made pictures on the official Weibo to mock the out-of-control epidemic in India. The Chinese Communist Party’s airlines even suspended flights to prevent the delivery of rescue materials to India.
After being internationally condemned, the first batch of aid from the CCP was delivered to Bangalore, India on May 9. The photos exposed by the CCP’s media showed that the cardboard box containing the relief supplies was written with a note saying “We will share our destiny and defeat the epidemic”, while the CCP personnel pulled up a large banner next to the flight that carried the supplies and read “The big country is responsible, see you in adversity.” truth”.
In this regard, netizens ridiculed “All countries are helping, and the CCP’s belated rescue is a show.” Some netizens were surprised to say: “Is the fate together a bit scary?” There is also public opinion questioning that the CCP is not really helping India, but actually wants to help India. This publicizes his success in fighting the epidemic. The official media of the Communist Party of China used “China to ignite VS India’s igniting” as the title, and satirize India’s inability to fight the epidemic, which is a clear proof.
(Reporter Li Yun comprehensive report/responsible editor: Fan Ming)
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