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What China’s Himalayan Warmongering Reveals - The Japan Times

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  1. Agent_47

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    NEW DELHI – At a time of rising Sino-Indian tensions over a weeks-long troop standoff at the trijunction where the borders of Tibet, Bhutan and the Indian state of Sikkim meet, China’s warmongering has become so raucous and coarse that, to the casual observer, a Himalayan military conflict may seem imminent. In reality, Beijing is waging — in Chinese strategic tradition — full-throttle psychological warfare to compel India to back down without a shot being fired.

    The current crisis, more significantly, has underscored the centrality of propaganda in China’s foreign policy — from the aggressor playing the victim to unremitting efforts to camouflage the intrusion into tiny Bhutan that precipitated the standoff. China’s vitriolic war rhetoric and unrealistic preconditions for holding talks stand out in stark contrast to India’s measured tone and readiness to peacefully resolve the crisis.

    The crisis, in fact, has highlighted how China blends psychological warfare (“psywar”), media warfare and the manipulation of legal arguments (“lawfare”) to undermine the opponent’s information-control capabilities and to buttress its strategic game plan. Disinformation and deceit are among the tools China is employing in its psywar to tame India without military combat, in Sun Tzu style.

    Its psy-ops have included mounting almost daily threats to teach India a lesson, unless it gives in. Indeed, the authoritarian regime in Beijing has shown itself adept at exploiting the political divisions in the world’s largest democracy, including reaching out to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opponents and attacking his “Hindu nationalism” in order to help sow dissensions in India on its current China approach.

    Given China’s rise as a praetorian state, its foreign ministry is probably the weakest government branch, yet that ministry has taken the lead to intimidate India in unbecoming and undiplomatic language. Beijing is also using its state media to threaten an “all out confrontation” along the entire, more than 4,000 km Sino-Indian border and to warn India that it would suffer a humiliating rout greater than it did in the 1962 war. One Chinese state mouthpiece even called the Indian foreign minister a liar.

    In the current crisis, the Chinese state and its media have worked in tandem to feed disinformation as part of the psychological operations (psy-ops). After all, media organizations, backed by an annual $10 billion budget from the state, have become integral to China’s global propaganda offensive. Chinese propaganda is getting smarter and more targeted, with some in the Indian media lapping up the disinformation, yet Beijing’s mendacity is becoming conspicuous.

    Consider two examples. In mid-July, the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV telecast a video of live-fire military exercises in Tibet by a mountain brigade deployed against India. It later came to light that this was a routine annual drill conducted in early June before the crisis began. Shortly after the CCTV report, the Chinese military’s official newspaper, PLA Daily, said tens of thousands of tons of military hardware had been moved to Tibet in response to the troop standoff. This report too turned out to be part of China’s psywar, with Indian intelligence still finding no evidence of a Chinese military buildup in Tibet.

    In this light, what can China hope to achieve through its psy-ops? India has a lot at stake: If it were to wilt under the Chinese pressure, it would impair its national security and potentially open the path to its long-term strategic subordination to China. In addition, China would be able to mount a stronger military threat against India’s hold on its far northeast.

    China’s psywar has failed to obscure even the key facts.
    The crisis was triggered in mid-June after days of growing local military tensions when People’s Liberation Army troops sought to unilaterally change the territorial status quo by beginning work on a strategic highway through Bhutan’s Doklam Plateau, which is located very close to the Tibet-Bhutan-Sikkim trijunction. (China contends that Doklam is its own territory in the way it claims the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands or the sprawling northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.) The Chinese encroachment prompted the Indian army to swiftly intervene and halt the road construction, triggering the standoff.

    The PLA has for years been quietly chipping away at strategic areas in Bhutan’s north and west. It has also waged an aggression by stealth to assert its claim over the Doklam plateau, including by increasingly sending Tibetan herdsmen and armed patrols there and by turning some natural paths into small paved roads. Bhutan has long complained of Chinese encroachments. For example, it told its parliament in 2009 that it had “protested many times to the Chinese regarding the road-construction activities.”

    Bhutan, with just 8,000 men in its military, police and militia, has no means to resist Chinese encroachments. Its security partner, India, was earlier loath to go beyond training and advising Bhutanese forces. But with China’s latest land grab also threatening Indian security, New Delhi decided that Bhutan’s fight was India’s fight. In a strategic miscalculation that has fueled its current fury, China anticipated Bhutan’s diplomatic protest over its latest road construction but not India’s rapid military intervention.

    New Delhi cannot allow Beijing to gain control of Doklam because it will result in China fortifying its military positions around the trijunction and bringing India’s territorial link with its northeastern states within Chinese artillery range. This link — the Siliguri Corridor — is just 27 km wide at its narrowest point and is aptly known as the “Chicken Neck.” If China built the highway through Doklam, it would be able to transport heavy tanks to the trijunction and, in the event of a war, seek to cut off India from its northeast.

    The risk that a frustrated China could escalate its current psy-ops to a military conflict cannot be discounted. Indeed, Beijing is signaling that it will brook no Indian “interference” in Bhutan’s external relations or national security, although Indo-Bhutanese relations are governed by a friendship treaty and defense arrangements. It wants India to leave Bhutan to its fate.

    More fundamentally, China’s intrusion into Bhutan and its war rhetoric against India raise important larger issues. One issue is China’s disregard of international law, including the bilateral accords it has signed with Bhutan and India pledging not to alter the status quo unilaterally. As events in the South China Sea and East China Sea also illustrate, Beijing signs agreements and treaties but does not comply with them.

    Another issue is China’s abiding faith in propaganda, extending from fake history claims to other countries’ territories to disinformation operations intended to deceive and outmaneuver opponents. The reliance on propaganda blurs the line between fact and fiction to such an extent that, gradually, the Chinese state begins to believe its own propaganda and act upon it. This factor, along with its associated risks, is apparent in the Doklam standoff.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion...-himalayan-warmongering-reveals/#.WXY--t8xA0R
     
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    Thats why these elite regime treat Chinese people like can't see, can't hear, can't spreak monkeys. And the fools in Beijing think they can score with their primitive propaganda.
     
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    Now the Chinese' ministry of warnings will issue a warning to Japan.

    :lol:
     
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    China has overplayed it's card. Or has it?

    One really needs to look at the quickly changing security calculus for China, be it on it's Eastern borders in the Korean Peninsula and Japan to the South-South-Western borders with India, to South Eastern Borders in SCS. With multiple 'fronts' being active, the move must be looked at as a manoeuvre to exact concessions from India towards CPEC, as the road is increasingly appearing to be it's independent lifeline bereft of US threats to Lines of Communications to middle east.

    With the propensity of Trump to lean towards Russia, Chinese misgivings about US intent is on the rise. Meanwhile, quietly the Indian Army has made all units in the area, 100% in strength (thereby allowing for full complement of units to be available at short notice in case PRC decides that stupidity rules the roost)..

    Interesting times ahead.
     
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    What happened to your dp, the iconic inferno? This doesn't feels like you.
     
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    It is India's fault, India should have developed economically to punish China very effectively... Right now China does not want India to move completely into USA Japan side.

    China calls Japanese leaders ‘petty burglars’
    Posted by Political Atheist ⋅ May 29, 2013 ⋅ 1 Comment
    Filed Under China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Diaoyu Islands, East China Sea, India, Japan, Manmohan Singh, New Delhi, Senkaku Islands, Shinzo Abe

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    [​IMG]Piqued over Japan’s warm ties with India, an influential Chinese daily said New Delhi‘s wisdom lies in dealing with its disputes with Beijing calmly, undisturbed by “internal and international provocateurs“.

    As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook a visit to Tokyo amid reports of defence deals between the two sides, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, lashed out at Japanese politicians, terming them as “petty burglars” on China-related issues.

    China is locked in a maritime dispute with Japan and the two countries are at loggerheads over the disputed islands in the resource-rich East China Sea.

    “Before Premier Li Keqiang’s visit, the China-India border standoff was hyped up by international media. The divergence and contradictions between the two countries were also exaggerated as if the Sino-Indian ties had been strained suddenly,”

    said in an article titled ‘Sino-Indian diplomatic miracle embarrasses Japanese politicians’.

    “But what surprised the media was that China and India properly solved the issue in a short time. During Li’s visit the top leaders of both countries had sincere and candid talks and came to a series of strategic consensus and cooperation. The shift of Sino-Indian ties in such a short time is a miracle.


    “In the development of Sino-Indian ties there are several divergence and contradictions. Some countries see these differences as an opportunity to provoke dissension.”


    “China and India have great vision and great wisdom. India’s great wisdom lies in dealing with ties with China in a calm way, undisturbed by internal and international provocateurs.”


    Referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe call to Japan, India, Australia and the US to jointly form a “Democratic Security Diamond” to compete with the ascendant China, the paper said Abe also made visits to countries in China’s neighbourhood.

    “Some politicians just made themselves petty burglars on China-related issues.”

    “The so-called ‘Democratic Security Diamond’, ‘Strategic Diplomacy’ and ‘Values Diplomacy’ among other new terms seem very strategic. But in fact they unveiled the narrow-minded diplomatic thoughts of the Japanese government. The conspiracy of these petty burglars is doomed to fail.”

    Its sister publication, Global Times highlighted the reports of India and Japan close to signing a deal to supply amphibious US-2 planes to India during the visit of Singh.

    Lu Yaodong, a researcher at the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, suggested it would mark a strengthening of the alliance between Japan and India in terms of defence and military cooperation, and that Japan is trying to take advantage of the border conflicts between India and China and to contain the latter with the possible sale.
    https://chinadailymail.com/2013/05/29/china-calls-japanese-leaders-petty-burglars/
     
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    And then there's the Russians sitting up North, who are actually one of China's oldest enemies and will likely show up for their pound of flesh when China is deeply preoccupied and can least afford it.

    I can see a World War 2 type situation, when the Russians waited till the opportune moment to open the front with Japan and made a quick rush to grab whatever they could, China will likely end up getting the same treatment if it stupidly starts a conflict with all its neighbors.
     
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    Eleven and his gang of miscreants are juvenile delinquents
     
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    you forget complication of nuclear weapons... economic power of China is also real problem, Economic lethargy of India is creating opportunity for China... China's strength lies in exports, India has to give cutt throat competition to China... India needs to engage in economic war with China and achieve some form of economic parity with China.
     
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    Nuclear weapons are a Pandora's Box that rational actors don't generally want to open, not every country is Pakistan. China has nukes? So what? The US, Russia, India, and by extension many of the East Asian countries China is harassing, all have nukes.

    And economic power becomes irrelevant when China starts a war with the US & West, India, Asia and eventually Russia. Not to mention, their connectivity to the world and exports etc would both get killed if they ended up going to war with most of the world like this.
     
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    Noting is going to happens, and the Chinese will return back, to return back again in future with India giving the face saving route to save them from the embarrasement the paper Tiger of Asia in front of Taiwan, Philipens, Laos, Bhutan, Nepal, N Korea, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan.
     
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    In November both sides should return back. Weather will be horrible for a few months
     
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    Ok back.
     
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    ‘Open to talks but won’t quit Doklam’
    Rajat Pandit| TNN | Updated: Jul 26, 2017, 09:08 AM IST

    NEW DELHI: India will remain "firm and resolute" on the ground or at the military level to thwart any attempt by China to "bully" Bhutan+ , while being "reasonable" at the politico-diplomatic level to resolve the ongoing troop stand-off+ with the People's Liberation Army in the Doklam area in Bhutanese territory, say sources.

    India has steadily established an "enhanced border management posture" near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction under this overall strategy, with additional soldiers being deployed after proper acclimatisation for any contingency in the region located at an altitude over 11,000-feet.

    Concurrently, diplomatic channels are being kept open+ despite the almost daily dose of belligerent rhetoric from China and its state-controlled media. "Beijing should restore the status quo, which it unilaterally broke by trying to construct the motorable road in the Doklam area (physically blocked by Indian troops in mid-June)," said a source.

    India wants China to adhere to the 2012 agreement between their two special representatives that the tri-junction boundary points will be finalised in consultation with Bhutan. "India came to Bhutan's aid after Chinese troops entered Bhutanese territory (Doklam) and pushed aside its soldiers at gun-point," he added.

    Two days before national security advisor Ajit Doval leaves for Beijing for a BRICS meeting, which could lay the ground for simultaneous withdrawal of the rival troops from the face-off site, Army vice-chief Lt-General Sarath Chand on Tuesday said China would continue to remain a threat for India in the future. "On the North, we have China which has a large landmass, huge resources and a large standing Army... Despite having the Himalayas between us, China is bound to be a threat for us in years ahead," said Lt-Gen Chand, addressing a seminar here.

    Pointing at the collusion between China and Pakistan, the senior officer said thelatter chose to continuously needle India+ through low-intensity warfare rather than engage in a full-fledged war. "This suits its all-weather friend China," he said, while also slamming Pakistan for "stooping low" and deliberately targeting schools in cross-border shelling.


    Much like the Line of Control with Pakistan, Indian soldiers are prepared for the long haul near the tri-junction with China as well. Apart from the already present 63 and 112 Brigades (over 3,000 troops each) in east and north-east Sikkim, the Army has moved up another 2,500 soldiers from the 164 Brigade to Zuluk and Nathang Valley in the state to further reinforce its military stance, as was first reported by TOIon July 11.

    But there are just about 300-400 soldiers from each side at the actual face-off site in the Doklam area, who are engaged in showing red-flags to each other in "a non-aggressive manner" after having pitched tents there. "Our troops are much better positioned in the region, with proper logistical supply lines, than the Chinese troops," said a source.

    Alarm bells ring in the Indian security establishment if major units of the PLA head southwards after crossing the 11 bridges on the Tsangpo river.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/open-to-talks-but-wont-quit-doklam/articleshow/59764809.cms


    The area of Nathang Village in East Sikkim had an infantry battalion near it as part of 164 Mountain Brigade till 1997 at Sunny Vale (Slightly above and 3 kms along a road from Nathang Village) with Brigade headquarters then at Kupup Village. @NS52 commanded an infantry battalion at the location and as member of the 1st Joint Working Group opposed the withdrawal of the Brigade from it's positions as proposed by the then Narasimha Rao government as part of CBMs.

    He had specifically warned the Chinese propensity to 'encroach' and grab land. Members may recall my narrating the Chinese Occupying the Eastern Shoulder of Jelep-La pass once we withdrew under the same CBMs. This is another area, where IA troops moved in and out to ensure the Bhutanese claim over the area.
     
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    http://www.newsweek.com/china-build...orean-border-bulks-troops-indian-front-641782

    An interesting read on how China is gearing up on two fronts for possible US strikes along North Korea and beefing up troop presence in Tri-junction area amid border stand off with India and Bhutan.

    Reposted from msn.com

    China Steps Up Security Near Sensitive Border Areas

    Sofia Lotto Persio

    China continues to strengthen security at its border with North Korea in the northeast, while also promising increased military deployment and training along the frontier with India following an ongoing border dispute.

    On the North Korean front, Beijing has recently implemented a series of measures in case of “a potential crisis across their border, including the possibility of a U.S. military strike.”

    These include building bunkers for civilians against nuclear or chemical attacks, 24-hour aerial drone surveillance and the establishment of a new border defense brigade, according to a Wall Street Journal report published on Monday citing U.S. and Chinese experts familiar with the plans.

    China shares a 800-mile border with North Korea, which it has been strengthening since its neighbor first launched a missile test in 2006. China, whose People’s Liberation Army is the world’s largest, built a fence along parts of the border and increases the number of troops deployed in the border region at times of particular North Korean activity.

    Border worries for China don’t end with North Korea. Tensions with India, whose border with China is 2,175 miles long and plagued by a history of disputes, have been simmering over the construction of a road in the Dongland region, known as Doklam in India.

    Last week, China held live-fire drills in the border area and announced on Monday that it will step up troops' deployment and military drills. "The Chinese border troops have taken initial counter measures at the site and will step up targeted deployment and training," said Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense at a press conference on Monday.

    India opposes the project as the road would be built on a thin strip of land known as the Siliguri corridor or “chicken’s neck,” a strategic point of connection between Delhi and the northeastern Indian state.

    The stand-off began in late June when Indian troops crossed into China from the Indian state of Sikkim, which borders Nepal, China and Bhutan, to obstruct the works on the road. India said it acted along with the Bhutanese government, warning that the road construction would change the status quo with “serious security implications” for India. China instead claims it has “indisputable sovereignty” over the area.
     
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