by Mark Ulyseas
China has just renamed places in Arunachal Pradesh, India, which it claims is South Tibet. It demands that India relinquish control and handover the disputed territory.
Lately, China has threatened India with dire consequences, through its official media, for permitting the Dalai Lama to visit Tawang Monastery. LINK
Tibet was invaded and conquered by China. Its sidekick Pakistan has been very generous by gifting a part of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to China against international law. The ‘civilised world’ has for reasons of subjectivity decided to ‘overlook’ these minor transgressions while bombing Assad and supporting unholy gentlemen in the Middle East.
It is interesting to note the continuing news about the ‘combat readiness’ of the PLA, the bombers being kept on high alert and the threats rising from Beijing. The excuse for this is North Korea. But knowing how China thinks it will probably be directed at India because the Chinese have lost face when India refused to prevent the Dalai Lama from visiting Arunachal Pradesh. It sees the Dalai Lama as a dangerous subversive.
One supposes China still views India as a pushover, a hangover from the 1962 war. And India on the other hand has laid down on its back whenever the PLA crossed the line of control in Ladakh and elsewhere.
Why is India afraid to respond?
Will there be a lightning military strike against Arunachal Pradesh or will it be at Ladakh or somewhere else just to ‘teach India a lesson? The raucous cries of the Chinese is rising everyday.
Perhaps the Indian Armed Forces lack equipment and strike capability, thanks to the lethargy of previous governments. Therefore, it is unable to repulse a surprise overwhelming military invasion by China. China will make it short and very damaging to the national pride of India.
One can only hope that PM Modi is fast tracking not only vital arms purchases but also upgrading personnel combat equipment immediately.
China will never permit India’s admission to the NSG, the Security Council and will continue to veto the UN Resolution designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
India must respond militarily to any incursions by PLA soldiers either in Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh or elsewhere. The question that no one is asking in India is – Why is this country so docile in its response to the PLA’s unilateral actions?
Note: It is believed that the present soft target in India is the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All China needs to do is “capture” some of the 500 odd islands and set up a military base. One hopes that threats from China will give way to reason. India, under PM Modi, will not hesitate to use all means at its disposal to repulse any military action by China.
April 22, 2017