Offensive edge

The image of Chinese troops shifting in the direction of Mukhpari Top in Chushul on the southern banks of the Pangong lake reveals the medieval mindset of the Chinese management, which seeks to seize territory, to deceive the enemy utilizing pre-modern weapons like spears, machetes and golf equipment, and all this whereas to pursue the strategic goal of pushing the Line of Actual Control additional and additional westwards. This, briefly, has been the story of the four-month-long standoff in Ladakh that prompted a nationwide embarrassment when 20 Indian troopers, together with the Commanding Officer, have been killed on June 15. But the try by the Chinese troopers on Sunday night to dislodge Indian troops from Mukhpari failed, ending in troopers opening hearth within the air and China speeding responsible India.

Shots have been fired on the LAC after 45 years; and in Ladakh in the identical sector the place Indian and Chinese troops clashed throughout the 1962 War. If this have been an try to realize a tactical benefit for a stronger bargaining chip earlier than the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation assembly of the overseas ministers in Moscow at this time, it might appear the Chinese are wanting in the direction of a negotiated settlement. But it’s extra doubtless that the Chinese are working on a number of parallel tracks: diplomatic initiatives to look affordable within the worldwide area; use of media to cry wolf to shake off the aggressor’s tag; and concurrently persevering with the navy push to realize territory.

The Indian Army’s navy manoeuvre on the intervening night time of August 29-30 appeared to have made a distinction by way of a resolute response to bare Chinese aggression. It must be adopted up with a reassessment of India’s view on the standing of Tibet, the stature of Dalai Lama and the way forward for the Tibetan refugees in India and their nationwide aspirations. Until China forsakes its designs on Daulet Beg Oldie and Siachen and begins to see purpose and revenue in comprehensively delineating the LAC from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, India has to plan its defence in Ladakh with an offensive edge, to be one step forward of the treacherous neighbour.

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