China vs India: Tensions on knife edge as Beijing plan next move in ‘psychological warfare

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China’s People’s Liberation Army has been releasing reports of military equipment being dropped along its border with India as the two countries prepare to meet. But Indian officials have claimed this is part of China’s psychological warfare.

Tensions between the two nations have remained high since a clash in June which killed at least 20 Indian soldiers.

India rejected China’s 1959 claim on its perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at the end of last month.

The two sides are set to meet on 12 October in Ladakh at the 7th military commanders meeting.

At the meeting, India is expecting China to present their position on the LAC perception that is said to be central to resolving the stand-off at the fiction points along the border line in Ladakh.

India will be represented by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh who will be leaving his position on 14 October.

He will be joined by the incoming commander Lieutenant General PGK Menon and the foreign ministry’s joint secretary Naveen Srivastava.

China will be represented by the South Xinjiang military commander, Major General Liu Lin.

Top military commanders have reportedly said there is no change in the ground situation in Ladakh.

Both sides face each other at contested points and there has been no pull-back from either the Chinese or Indian forces.

China’s PLA has produced articles about armed soldiers and artillery guns being airdropped near the contested LAC.

A former Indian Army chief told Hindustan Times: “This begets a question as to why did the PLA build roads to their last posts on the perceived LAC if they still have to paradrop military hardware.”

It comes after China accused Indian troops of illegally crossing the Himalayan border last month.

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It said Indian forces fired “provocative” warning shots at patrolling soldiers.

Beijing said its military were “forced to take countermeasures”.

India rejected the allegations, accusing Chinese forces of firing in the air during the stand-off in the Ladakh region.

A statement from India’s military said: “At no stage has the Indian army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.”

India said the PLA tried to approach a forward Indian position near the LAC.

It said Chinese troops “fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate [our] own troops”.

If India’s allegations are true, then it would be the first time in 45 years that gun fire has been shot in the area.

A 1996 deal between the two nations has banned the use of guns and explosives on the LAC.

The two sides have fought only one war in 1962 when Indian were defeated.

The contested LAC is poorly defined due to rivers, lakes and snow caps which can cause the line to shift.

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