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Ladakh Standoff: China’s PLA thrashed Indian Army at LAC, claims Chinese media

Sept. 16, 2020, 1:25 p.m.

Beijing: There seems to be no end in sight to the military confrontation between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attempts to regain its lost advantage after the Indian Army captured several dominant heights in the region.

 Meanwhile, the Chinese media continues to threaten India with dire consequences.

The Global Times newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and by extension the government of China, has once again harked back to the 1962 war to threaten India with another heavy defeat if the Indian Army continues to confront the PLA on the LAC in Ladakh.

Referring to the speech by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in parliament on Tuesday, the Global Times, Hu Xijin, the editor of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece, warned India that any confrontation with China is futile.

The Global Times editor also claimed that Chinese soldiers of the PLA have wrested the upper hand in their clashes against the Indian Army at the LAC in Ladakh.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh addressed parliament on Tuesday. Singh bragged of how righteous and brave Indian troops were, while emphasizing the importance of peacefully resolving the border crisis to China-India ties. The latter part was the keynote of his speech Indian military’s moves on border areas have eased these days, which coincided with Singh’s address. This is the result of strong pressure from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA),” Hu Xijin claimed.

“The PLA has been increasing its deployment in China-India border areas and taking resolute actions, which have formed an overwhelming momentum to annihilate the Indian troops on site once an armed clash breaks out. It has made the Indian army truly feel that engaging in a military confrontation with China is a gamble they simply cannot afford,” the Global Times editorial added.

The Global Times editor also referred to the growing anti-China sentiments in India, warning that Indians will have to pay the price if they continue to confront the Chinese.

“There are different forces in India. Some ultra-nationalist ones stubbornly refuse the easy way and stick to the hard way. When China engages in diplomatic negotiations with India, it must also use the only language those forces could understand – cooperation will last long when it is achieved through struggles,” the Global Times column read. 

“China should continue to strive for a peaceful settlement of China-India border disputes, but must keep its army prepared. Without strong military pressure, India won’t behave on border issues.” 

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