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Ladakh Standoff: India cannot win two-front war with China and Pakistan, warns Chinese media

Sept. 17, 2020, 2:11 p.m.

Beijing: The Global Times newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has once again issued a warning to India in the backdrop of the military confrontation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China.

Referring to India’s ongoing border tensions with both Pakistan and China, the Global Times claimed that it was impossible for India to win a war on two fronts.

The Global Times said in an article that the Pakistan Army has accused the Indian Army of repeatedly violating the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC).

Fearful of separatists gaining power in Kashmir, India ended Kashmir’s special status in August 2019, after which relations between the two countries have deteriorated. New Delhi feels that all Pakistanis in the area are all terrorists. Due to this reason, India has adopted a very aggressive policy in Kashmir, the Global Times claimed.

According to the Global Times, Pakistan has exercised restraint despite India’s move to abrogate Article 370 in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and split the troubled region into two union territories in August 2019. 

“Pakistan has been quite restrained toward India’s moves since August 2019. Pakistan is not as strong as India militarily, but the Kashmir issue is crucial to Pakistan. If the Pakistani government doesn’t show a hard-line stance toward the disputed territory, it would lose public support. As a result, Pakistan makes tough response to every offensive move by India, and takes countermeasures when necessary,” the Global Times said. 

The Global Times article added that apart from the disputes with China and Pakistan, India also has a border dispute with Nepal. 

“Apart from disputes with China and Pakistan, India also has border disputes with other neighboring countries, such as Nepal. The Indian army might boast that it is fully prepared for a two and a half front war – against China, Pakistan and the internal security threats – it’s as a matter of fact not capable of meeting such a challenge. A multi-front war is a great challenge for any country,” it said.

According to the Global Times report, India is buying state-of-the-art weapons from Russia and the West to enhance its military capabilities and is seeking the support of the international community. In the last few years, India has seen an inclination towards America. 

“In a bid to enhance its military capability, India is purchasing advanced weaponry from Russia and Western countries. Meanwhile, New Delhi is trying to win support from the international community, especially Western countries. In recent years, India has moved closer to the US, engaging in increasing military cooperation and signing more military pacts with the US and its allies,” the Global Times article said.

“However, these measures will not meet India’s expectations in dealing with China and Pakistan at the same time,” it added. 

“If India were to wage massive armed clashes or even war with China and Pakistan simultaneously, no country would likely help India apart from conditionally providing some weaponry.”

The Chinese media, which has issued provocative statements during the military standoff on the LAC in Ladakh, has accused India of being a threat to peace and stability in the region. The Global Times article also states that if India really wants to get stronger, it needs to improve relations with its neighbors. 

“India’s current neighborhood policies, especially the ones concerning China and Pakistan, has plunged the country into an unfavorable situation. Why can’t India develop positive and friendly relations with its neighboring countries? India has a great power mentality. It regards itself as a hegemon in South Asia and believes all neighboring countries should follow its lead,” the Global Times said.

“India should change its mindset. Because China and Pakistan are friendly countries,” it added.

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