PLUS Sec­ond Joint Tac­ti­cal Ex­er­cise held by In­dian and Chi­nese Ar­mies in Ladakh

Hand-in-Hand is good, but what about the stab in the back?

SP's LandForces - - FRONT PAGE - The views ex­pressed herein are the per­sonal views of the au­thor. LT GEN­ERAL P.C. KATOCH (RETD)

Lt Gen­eral P.C. Katoch (Retd)

THE IN­DIAN AND CHI­NESE Army troops car­ried out a joint ex­er­cise in Eastern Ladakh on Oc­to­ber 19, led by Bri­gadier R.S. Ra­man and Se­nior Colonel Fan Jun re­spec­tively. The day-long ex­er­cise on humanitarian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief (HADR) was based on sim­u­lat­ing an earth­quake strik­ing an In­dian bor­der vil­lage, fol­lowed by joint res­cue op­er­a­tions, evac­u­a­tion and ren­der­ing of med­i­cal as­sis­tance by the In­dian and Chi­nese Army troops. An In­dian Army state­ment said that the ex­er­cise was a great suc­cess and has not only re­fined the drills to pro­vide suc­cour to the bor­der pop­u­la­tion in case of nat­u­ral calamity but has also in­creased the level of trust and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two bor­der guard­ing forces along the line of ac­tual con­trol (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. The ex­er­cise was ac­tu­ally a se­quel to a sim­i­lar joint ex­er­cise held on Fe­bru­ary 6 on the Chi­nese side of the LAC in the area of Bor­der Per­son­nel Meet­ing Hut at Chushul Gar­ri­son of Eastern Ladakh, along with Chi­nese troops of Moldo Gar­ri­son. Both these ex­er­cises com­pli­ment the Hand-in-Hand se­ries of the In­dia-China joint ex­er­cises and the ef­fort of both the na­tions to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion and main­tain peace and tran­quil­lity along the bor­der ar­eas of In­dia and China.

This year’s edi­tion of ‘ Hand-in-Hand’ will be held at Aundh, near Pune in Ma­ha­rash­tra, from Novem­ber 15 to 27. Sure these HADR and Hand-in-Hand ex­er­cises are good to im­bue con­fi­dence at the tac­ti­cal level but when China abets Pak­istani ter­ror­ism, it sig­nals ‘stab in the back’ pol­icy at the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment level. China stonewalling In­dia’s mem­ber­ship of the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) de­spite her­self be­ing a nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tor in­di­cates she wants In­dia con­strained. The tim­ing of es­tab­lish­ment of United Lib­er­a­tion Front of West­ern South East Asia (UNLFN) by Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence in Myan­mar last year com­bin­ing nine north-eastern mil­i­tant groups in­clud­ing the Na­tional So­cial­ist Coun­cil of Na­ga­land (Kha­p­lang) and the United Lib­er­a­tion Front of Asom can hardly be con­strued mere sig­nal to Prime Min­is­ter Modi since Chi­nese have re­port­edly promised to pro­vide weapons and lo­gis­tics to the new group­ing as they want to keep things boil­ing in the North East in view of their claim on the state of Arunachal Pradesh. With all the talk about peace and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and strong lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, it was hoped that China will shun the path of sub­terfuge. But it ap­pears that Xi has de­cided to con­tinue with the age-old Com­mu­nist Party of China (CCP) path of hedg­ing through asym­met­ric means. It is an open se­cret that mil­i­tants in J&K are be­ing fi­nanced by China and Chi­nese have es­tab­lished huge con­trol over Kash­miri separatist lead­ers.

The re­cent dis­cov­ery of Chi­nese flags from ter­ror­ist hide­outs in Bara­mula pro­vides fur­ther evidence of Chi­nese ne­far­i­ous de­signs. the China-Pak­istan sub­con­ven­tional nexus dates back to the 1960s when Zhou En­lai ad­vised Ayub Khan that Pak­istan should pre­pare for pro­longed con­flict with In­dia in­stead of short-term wars. He ad­vised Pak­istan to raise a mili­tia force to act be­hind enemy (In­dian) lines. In 1966, when a Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion went to Bei­jing and was met by Zhou En­lai lat­ter while dis­cussing In­dia raised his clenched fist and said, “This is ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing a force­ful blow, but if you cut off one fin­ger, the fist loses its power, not by one-fifth, but by 50 per cent. If you wipe out a cou­ple of hun­dred thou­sand of the enemy spread over a long front, its im­pact is not as great as wip­ing out an en­tire bat­tal­ion or a bri­gade – the enemy’s morale is dealt a dev­as­tat­ing blow. We know this from prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Wit­ness the shame­less­ness with which China is pro­tect­ing JeM chief Azhar Ma­sood at the UN de­spite his role in nu­mer­ous ter­ror­ist at­tacks in In­dia. Be­sides, the United Mis­sion in Afghanistan (UNAMA) re­port re­leased in July 2016 has specif­i­cally high­lighted both JeM and LeT in­volved in ter­ror­ist acts in Afghanistan. Now the ques­tion is will China stop stab­bing In­dia in the back, with her peace hom­i­lies laced with am­bi­gu­ity and de­ceit? Another ques­tion is if ma­jor dis­as­ter strikes Tai­wan, will China be amenable to In­dia pro­vid­ing HADR to Tai­wan?

Joint Tac­ti­cal Ex­er­cise be­tween In­dia and China on ‘humanitarian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief’ in Ladakh on Oc­to­ber 19, 2016

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.