Sunday, January 17, 2021

India Bulking-Up Military Hardware In Ladakh As A Tactic To Negotiate With China – Analyst

Calling India’s claims of taking a military resolve against its neighbours China a bluff, Beijing believes that PM Narendra Modi is fearful of the immense nuclear arsenal at Xi Jinping’s disposal and is only accumulating military hardware as a tactic of negotiating with Beijing. 

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Yesterday, India decided to withdraw from a multilateral war game in Russia, a week after confirming its participation in the exercise that is also expected to be attended by the Chinese and Pakistani troops. The defence ministry spokesperson said India has decided not to send its contingent to the exercise in view of the coronavirus pandemic and “consequent difficulties”.

According to a paper published by Chinese Military expert, Wei Dongxu, India, which has been embroiled in a stand-off with China ever since the Galwan Valley clash, should be wary of picking up fights with its nuclear powered eastern neighbour.

“India is aware of China’s national strength and will not take risks to confront a nuclear power rashly,” said Wei

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As reported earlier by the Eurasian Times, China has reportedly placed some of its nuclear weapons close to the Indian border in Kashgar. The People Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly bolstered its nuclear plans after successfully conducting a missile attack early warning system, which gives them the power to detect hostile nuclear missiles and counterattack using nuclear weapons within minutes before they hit mainland China.

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Wei, who writes columns for Global Times, a daily newspaper under the auspices of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) also believes that while India is ramping up efforts to deploy additional troops and weaponry, which include shoulder-fired missiles like the origin Igla air defence system, in key areas of Ladakh, it is only a tactic to attain leverage in negotiations.

“The Indian Army has remarkably ramped up its deployment of troops and weaponry, including tanks and artillery, into various sensitive areas. However, in fact, Indian senior military officials must be clearly aware of the gap of military capability between China and India. So they will not unilaterally launch a large-scale attack. The Indian military may expect to use such rhetoric and moves as leverage in its negotiations with China.”

His comments come on the back of warnings made by India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, who stated that India will take the military option if peace talks with the Chinese continued to fail.

Rawat had stated – “Transgressions along the LAC occur due to differing perceptions about its alignment. Defence services are tasked to monitor and carry out surveillance and prevent such transgressions from turning into intrusions. The whole of government approach is adopted to peacefully resolve any such activity and prevent intrusions. Defence services always remain prepared for military actions should all efforts to restore status quo along the LAC do not succeed”

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Meanwhile, under the initiation of Rawat, India announced the setting up of a new Air Defence Command (ADC), to enhance military cooperation of its Air Force, Army and Navy protect its military assets from enemies’ aerial threats like fighter jets, missiles and drones.

The newly acquired advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system from Russia, once delivered, will come under the command of the ADC, which will already have indigenous Akash, the Israeli SpyDer, and Soviet-origin Pechora, OSA-AK and the shoulder-fired Igla, at its disposal.

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