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India-China: According to the report, China has ''started constructing at least 13 entirely new military positions near its borders with India".
All India Written by Vishnu Som

Updated: September 22, 2020 9:20 pm IST
China's military build-up of air defences along the India frontier began after the 2017 Doklam crisis.

New Delhi: The 2017 Doklam crisis which played out between China and India in a part of Bhutan located east of Sikkim ''appears to have shifted China's strategic objectives, with China more than doubling its total number of air bases, air defence positions and heliports near the Indian border over the past three years".

Details of the Chinese expansion, accessed by NDTV, have been spelt out in a yet-to-be-released report by Stratfor, a leading global geopolitical intelligence platform. The report outlines China's military-infrastructure build-up through a detailed analysis of satellite images of military facilities that have a direct bearing on India's security.


"The timing of the Chinese build-up of military facilities along the border with India just prior to the ongoing Ladakh standoff suggests these border tensions are part of a much larger effort by China to assert control over its border regions," says Sim Tack, a Senior Global Analyst with Stratfor and the author of the report.

Significantly, China's upgrade of its military infrastructure is far from complete. "The expansion and construction of military infrastructure is in most cases still underway, so the Chinese military activity that we are seeing along the border with India today is only the beginning of a longer-term intent," the report says.


The consequences of this for India, which has been involved in a violent face-off with China in eastern Ladakh since early May, seem clear. ''Once finished, this infrastructure will provide support for an even greater intensity of Chinese operations."

According to the report, China has ''started constructing at least 13 entirely new military positions near its borders with India". This includes three air bases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports. ''Construction on four of those new heliports started only after the onset of the current Ladakh crisis in May," it says.

Chinese military expansion along India-frontier include creation of air bases, electronic warfare facilities, heliports and air defence sites.

China's military build-up along the India frontier, the report says, is part of a bigger strategy similar to its goals in the South China Sea where Beijing has dredged land around tiny coral atolls to develop full-fledged air bases and Naval facilities.



Several countries in the Asia-Pacific belt have categorically rejected Beijing's claim that the area lies within its jurisdiction. In May this year, India, which champions the freedom of navigation in international waterways along with the United States said, ''the South China Sea is a part of the global commons and India has an abiding interest in peace and stability in the region,'' remarks likely to irk Beijing which is wary of India's close strategic partnership with Washington.

By applying the same strategy along its land frontier with India, ''China aims to discourage Indian resistance or military action during future border disputes by ostentatiously demonstrating its ability and intent to engage in military confrontations.''

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Key in attempting to expand its military dominance in the area is China's emphasis on building up its air power. ''The Chinese military is currently building four similar air defence positions within existing air bases and other facilities. This includes additional runways, as well as aircraft shelters that will help obscure the true presence of combat aircraft at these bases from observation.''

In May this year, NDTV had reported how satellite images show massive construction activity at Ngari-Gunsa airport in Tibet, located just 200 kilometres from Pangong Lake where Indian and Chinese soldiers remain in a standoff on both banks of the lake. The construction of this base was meant to support the deployment of Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force fighter jets, including the J-11 and J-16, home-grown variants of the Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft which is the mainstay of the Indian Air Force. It is believed that construction at this base has expanded substantially since the publication of the NDTV report.


India and China continue talks at multiple levels to try and disengage forces along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. The latest round of talks between Generals of both sides which began on Mondo near Moldo on the South Bank of the Pangong Lake lasted approximately 13 hours. There are no immediate indicators of any break through. At least 20 Indian soldiers including a Colonel and an unknown number of Chinese troops have been killed in clashes in Ladakh with Chinese forces blocking Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) patrol points across the frontier. India, for its part, has pre-empted a similar move in South Pangong where it presently dominates Chinese positions. Both sides continue to jostle for the high-ground on both banks of the Pangong Lake, sometimes at altitudes nearing 20,000 feet.

 

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The Doklam standoff between India and China at the Nathu La border in 2017 seems to have resulted in the change of China’s strategic targets. Beijing more than doubled its count of air bases, air defence positions and heliports close to the Indian border over the previous three years, writes NDTV, based on a yet-to-be released report by a global geopolitical intelligence platform.

The report by the channel cites a document by US-based Stratfor highlighting China’s military infrastructure build-up by way of an in-depth evaluation of satellite images of facilities which may impact India’s safety.

“The timing of the Chinese build-up of military facilities along the border with India just prior to the ongoing Ladakh standoff suggests these border tensions are part of a much larger effort by China to assert control over its border regions,” said Sim Tack, the author of the research document, according to the report.

“The enlargement and development of military infrastructure is most often nonetheless underway, so the Chinese military exercise that we’re seeing alongside the border with India as we speak is just the start of a longer-term intent,” the report says.


According to the report, China has "began setting up at the very least 13 solely new military positions close to its borders with India". These include three air bases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports. ”Construction on four of those new heliports started only after the onset of the current Ladakh crisis in May,” it says.

The report assumes significance after multiple clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh since early May this year, which have resulted in deaths on both sides. The major clashes that have been reported include the one at Pangong Tso on May 5, Sikkim on May 9 and at Galwan Valley on June 15.

 

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What was India's response? Fall asleep, get a rude awakening and surrender 1,000 sq km without firing a single bullet.

Next, India goes running around the world screaming, save us Russia, help us USA, help France, Japan, Australia, anyone help, please.
 

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What was India's response? Fall asleep, get a rude awakening and surrender 1,000 sq km without firing a single bullet.

Next, India goes running around the world screaming, save us Russia, help us USA, help France, Japan, Australia, anyone help, please.
China has been planning for a while, the poor Indians are very late and are desperately trying to catch up in vain.
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India under Modi has lost its diplomatic clout even with its friends.
We always said it Modi and hindutva would be superb weapons for us against India


We kind of went through some of the same with Zia, unleashing Uber religious right-wingers on a diverse population


Hindutva has really allowed us to hammer India whilst it divides itself
 

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Even BD!!! Hasina kept the Indian Foreign Secretary waiting for 5 hours before meeting him for 5 minutes!!!! And, Ram lost 5K soldiers to snatch Sita from the clutches of Ravana....
Ram burnt whole Lanka to get sita.before quoting religious figure trust me we can quote Muhammed tooa and his adventures.
 

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Why is China building more heliports then airbases. What would be the strategic reason.

My hypothesis is this is to resupply and provide CAS by helicopters and use AirPower for mostly air superiority and limited strike roles?

this would explain having limited heavy bombers and strike platforms. In Tibet air bases

this also means China intends to push the Indians back to the 1957 claim line and the. Stop. No deep strikes over the rest of India. They will let there proxy Pakistan do the rest

Once hostilities start the Chinese will let Pakistan go after LEh , kargil and drass to cut off DBO forces while China and Pakistan will jointly strike DBO to secure the Karakoram pass.

I also feel that further strikes will be encouraged by China vis a vis Pakistan to take as much land as possible to Jamu and above linking up with further forces operating in kargil drass via Giligit Baltistan.

The Indian general today made a public threat to Pakistan to not increase forces in GB.

at the same time Pakistan would launch multiple cold start like strike cores into India in Sind and Punjab. The new tanks and 265 or 17 regiments of self propelled artillery will be used . This would force India to reposition its forces away from China. And resupply would be an issue for forces fighting in Ladakh and aksaichin.
Without resupply and in the dead of winter those Indian elements i.e. 115k troops would be cut off and overwhelmed ( its not a bravery thing its more logistics) possibly allowing the Chinese and Pakistani forces to use the new road network built by India to out flank the Indian positions in Punjab.

the remaining forces in roughly 1/2 of Kashmir would have to contend with an unfriendly populous reaking havoc on their lines of supply and communication. These Indian forces would face Paksitani forces on three sides and Chinese forces on one side. A lot like what Pakistan faced in Bangladesh. This would either result in a surrender or significant losses for the Indians since the Kashmiri populous will be out for blood.

This may result in India being cut up into three parts

northern front ( upper india)

middle front Punjab an Rajistan

lower India cutting nagarpakar trying to get into Gujarat and Indian highway 27

the lower part in Gujarat would be the worst due to a lot of rivers in Gujarat slowing us down.


The possible wins would be as follows

90% success in taking DBO, kargil , drass and LEH

60% success in taking on Jammu To kargil sector to cut off Kashmir

if India is fighting in the north with China
The chances of success go up to 75% success in Punjab, rajistan and Gujarat. This is because the Indian Punjab forces would have to chose lose Kashmir or lose Delhi. Otherwise,We would make modest gains 200 or so kms in Indian Punjab ... . This will however keep Indian forces completely occupied and most of the fighting will be in the Indian side.

Ar this point 1 month into the conflict either India will be completely overrun or will stop the hostilities trading land for peace.

Your opinion on my analysis is welcome!
 
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