China’s Undeclared War on India
China’s Undeclared War on India by Vijeta Uniyal for Gatestone Institute
- China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea — equipped with military bases, naval ports and airfields — pose a strategic threat to neighboring countries. In 2018, China landed nuclear strike-capable bombers on these artificial islands, sending an alarming message to the U.S. and regional powers.
- Some commentators ascribe China’s stepped-up predations — on Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Australia — to a hope that the world is too distracted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it unleashed to bother confronting China, let alone stop it.
- While the U.S. has decreased its nuclear stockpile, China is boosting its arsenal, according to a report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute on June 15.
- The Free World, if it wishes to remain free, seriously needs to stand with the world’s largest democracy. If China is allowed to succeed in its aggression, it will only embolden the Communists in Beijing to redraw borders, dictate terms to other countries in the region, and press on with its plan to dominate the world.
India has been facing its toughest military challenge in nearly six decades after 20 Indian soldiers were reported killed by Chinese troops in a border clash.
The soldiers were beaten to death with “sticks, fists, rocks and wooden clubs” during a confrontation in the Himalayan region of eastern Ladakh, Indian sources said. In keeping with a 1996 bilateral border agreement between India and China, soldiers are forbidden from firing weapons in the area where the clash occurred.
Chinese troops carried out a “premeditated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties”, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on June 17.
“Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties,” tweeted the editor-in-chief of the Chinese newspaper Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece.
“Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in the violent face-off,” New Delhi-based Hindustan Timesnewspaper reported that military sources had said..