Prospects for India’s Strategic Relations in 2022: The Chinese Challenge | Latest India News

Deep winter has arrived in the Karakoram Range with freezing winds blowing from the 25,171-foot-high Saser Kangri to the Indian Army outpost of Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) in the Ladakh sector.

At the eastern end of the Himalayas, the 25,531-foot-high Namcha Barwa in Tibet’s Nyingchi Prefecture does the same thing, roughly across the entire Real Control Line (LAC) of 1126 km in Arunachal Pradesh.


Even in these frigid conditions, Indian Army troops are perched on the heights for the second winter running the length of the 3,488 kilometer-long LAC — from the Karakoram Pass to Kibithoo – to ensure that the The People’s Liberation Army of China does not repeat the unilateral aggression of May 2020 on the northern shores of Pangong Tso in an attempt to impose an alignment of the LAC as defined by the Chinese Communist leadership in 1959.

As Indian and Chinese military commanders eagerly await the 14th round of dialogue to ensure the PLA restores the ante April 2020 status quo at Patrol Point 15 in the Hot Springs-Gogra-KongKa La area, the problem is no longer the disengagement of troops from a certain patrol point because Beijing is simply militarizing the whole of the ALC on its side.


Over the past 19 months, India and China have been heavily deployed in the LAC in the Ladakh sector, with a strength of 50,000 on both sides. Besides the infantry, both armies deployed tanks, rockets, missiles and drone regiments to deter the other side from taking unilateral action. Under the guise of the sinicization of Tibet and Xinjiang, the Chinese Communist Party led by Supreme Leader Xi Jinping is converting the entire command of the PLA’s Western Theater into a fort with new dual air bases. Use just across from ALC, like that of Burang County, north of Lipu Lekh Pass and only 400 km from New Delhi. Explosion enclosures and tunnels are dug into the mountain in Tibet to keep PLA fighter jets safe and ready to respond in sub-zero temperatures at Kashgar, Hotan, Yarkand, Ngari Gar Gunsa air bases , Lhasa and Nyingchi. Armed drones such as Wing Loong II are deployed just across the LAC to Ngari Gar Gunsa and Nyingchi air bases as part of the PLA’s plan to strike India’s border radars in a worst-case scenario.


The bilateral India-China toll, after the May 2020 aggression in Ladakh, appears all red with the 1993-1996 border agreements designed to allow peace and tranquility to prevail in the LAC having been thrown out the window by the APL. The spirits of the Wuhan and Chennai accords assiduously built by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Xi are also dead.

China’s footprint is rapidly expanding in the Afghanistan-Pak region with plans for an oil pipeline from the port of Gwadar in Balochistan to Urumqi in Xinjiang via the Khunjerab Pass to meet China’s massive energy needs without fear of l he energy supply is choked in the Strait of Malacca at the mouth of the South China Sea. Using its influence over Pakistan, China is now considering expanding its Belt-Road Initiative (BRI) to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan to remove heavy metals from the conflict-torn country at very low rates and also enter in the Central Asian republics across Amu-Darya. . Even though China realizes the economic viability of trade between India and Nepal, Beijing is making great efforts to smear civilizational relations between the two neighbors by using pelf and power. The situation in Sri Lanka is no different with Colombo indebted to China and the latter using this leverage to secure contracts for road and port infrastructure projects.


Some may view the 22% of trade volume even during the military standoff, with bilateral trade reaching $ 102.28 billion in 10 months through October 2021 as positive, but the trade balance is tilted sharply towards Beijing. Imports from China amount to 78.33 billion dollars against 23.96 billion dollars of Indian exports to Beijing. It is not surprising that China still advocates parallel diplomacy with India so that the resolution of the border problem is the subject of endless and endless meetings between the two foreign ministries, but bilateral trade is growing for the benefit. from China. China has not ceded an inch of LAC ground to India; it blocked New Delhi’s entry into the Clean Energy Nuclear Suppliers Group; and is an ally of Pakistan in all conspiracies aimed at labeling Indians terrorists by the 1267 Committee of the United Nations Security Council and human rights violations in Kashmir. It is another matter that Pakistan is blind to the Muslim concentration camps in Xinjiang and the Communist indoctrination centers in Tibet.


Given this, the prognosis for Indo-Chinese relations is not all that good and India is poised to go through tough times at its northern borders. Global concern may stem from the impending Chinese invasion of distant Taiwan in the South China Sea – and rightly so – but the threat to India is upon its door.

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