Alarming bell for Beijing: Indian Army can cross border, Warns Chinese Army General
In a warning to the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a retired Chinese army officer has said that the Indian Army has “doubled or tripled” its troops near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and could “easily cross into China in a few hours”
China should stay vigilant as India can launch a surprise attack, said a retired Chinese general. In an article published on Li Jian, a defense-related social media account, Wang Hongguang issued the warning saying the danger of conflict has increased and with “incidents” in the Taiwan Strait and the upcoming US presidential election might present India with an opportunity to “do something big”.This statement by a PLA veteran has garnered media attention across the globe and this is seen as a strategic victory by New Delhi because in the past 50 years such statements have never been issued from across the border and especially from such ranked officials.
“India only needs 50,000 soldiers at the Line of Actual Control, but now, instead of withdrawing troops before the winter comes, India has added 100,000 more soldiers in Ladakh,” SCMP quoted Wang as saying.
Indian troops could easily cross into China
He further said that India has tripled its troops along the LAC which could easily cross into China in a few hours as they are stationed within 50km of Chinese territory. Wang, a former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Region which is now part of the Eastern Theatre Command, said that China cannot afford to let its guard down before mid-November.
At the recently held military talks, the Chinese side pushed for starting the disengagement process from the southern bank of Pangong lake, however, the Indian Army conveyed that steps to defuse the standoff in eastern Ladakh should simultaneously cover all the friction points.
'US Presidential election might give India an opportunity to do something big'
The Indian side further told the Chinese delegation that the talks on disengagement should include Depsang as well as all face-off sites adding that it should be a simultaneous process and not a selective one.
Since August 29, the Indian Army not only captured the strategic heights around the southern bank of Pangong lake but also conveyed to the PLA that the strategic heights were well within the Indian side of the LAC. They also told the Chinese side that there was no question of withdrawing the troops from there.