The US-based Chinese news outlet 'Duowei' published a detailed article on May 27 on the Sino-Indian border confrontation, which it said, "is still continuing". It said "for reports that China and India have increased their troops around the confrontation area, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded on May 27 that the current situation on the Sino-Indian border is generally stable and Controlled. Zhao Lijian did not deny the surge. During the Sino-Indian Donglang confrontation in June 2017, the PLA's large-scale increase of troops played a decisive role in the peaceful resolution of the incident".


Zhao Lijian also said that China and India have perfect border-related mechanisms and communication channels, and both sides have the ability to properly resolve relevant issues through dialogue and consultation. "He emphasized that China's position on the border issue is consistent and clear". China "has always seriously implemented the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and strictly abided by the signed agreement. As for the maintenance of national sovereignty and security and the peace and stability of the Sino-Indian border".


Regarding national sovereignty and security issues, including the Sino-Indian border territorial dispute, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech on May 26 when he attended meetings of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Armed Police delegation seemed to point out "We must adhere to the bottom line thinking and strengthen training, Prepare for war, deal with various complex situations in a timely and effective manner, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security, development interests, and maintain the overall strategic stability of the country". "The so-called "bottom line thinking" means that decision makers will carefully calculate the risk, assess the worst possible situation, and accept this situation. As for the Sino-Indian border dispute, the worst case is to play a small-scale conflict and even trigger the Sino-Indian border war. China and India once fought fiercely on the border issue in 1962 and ended in a fiasco for India.


To this end, according to the information of the Chinese CCTV military channel, the Chinese People ’s Liberation Army troops in Qinghai-Tibet have recently actively practiced mountain combat and installed a variety of light tanks such as the ZTQ15 type -- known as the world ’s most advanced light main battle tank, PLC-181 type, vehicle-mounted 155 mm howitzer and so on. According to satellite photos, China expanded Kunsha Airport in Ali, which is the closest to India, and stationed heavy fighters.


On May 26, a video about the PLA's deployment of armoured vehicles on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau caused heated discussion. The screen shows that a large number of armoured vehicles including the suspected multiple rocket launcher and wheeled assault gun dispatched by the People's Liberation Army were speeding on the highway. Although the specific location is unknown, it is mostly considered to deal with the confrontation between China and India in the Gallevan Valley.

According to an earlier report by the Chinese military, since the beginning of May, the Indian army crossed the line in the Gallevan Valley to enter Chinese territory, construct barriers, and block the PLA ’s normal patrol duties. "It deliberately provoked incidents and tried to change unilaterally. Status of border control." Beijing alleges that the PLA has taken necessary measures to strengthen on-site response and border control. The Indian media said that China has set up 40 to 50 tents on the spot, and India has also sent troops to reinforce it.


Observers in China believe that because of the increasing international pressure on China and the high tensions in the Taiwan Strait, India’s self-reliance on the international environment has been beneficial to the Indian military’s “challenges”. In addition to admitting the current status of the Sino-Indian border, China is advancing to encroach on Chinese territory. On May 20th, senior US officials publicly supported India, accusing China of using the conflict to change the status of the Sino-Indian border.


However, there are also voices pointing back to the roots of India’s fiasco in 1962—first, blindly overestimating its political and military superiority, and underestimating China’s determination to defend its territorial sovereignty; second, seriously misjudged the international situation, believing that the US and Soviets are hostile to China, and support India. In India, there is also the phenomenon of blind self-confidence and the same "strong support" from the United States. However, once the war starts again, "India is likely to be beaten back to the agricultural society."


(Comment: Duowei is a US-based Chinese news outlet owned by a Chinese businessman who owns multiple cinema halls in China and is reputedly close to Chinese President Xi Jinping.) 


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