Beijing: The military stand-off between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has continued for more than four months now with both the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) massing huge numbers of forces on both sides.
Despite several rounds of dialogue at the military and diplomatic levels, the crisis seems set to continue into the next few months.
With winter approaching, both the Indian Army and the PLA are bolstering their current positions along the LAC and are preparing for a situation similar to the decades-long confrontation between India and Pakistan at the Siachen glacier.
With PLA troops having endured several beating at the hands of Indian Army soldiers, China is now worried that it may find the going tough in case of a war with India.
With the Chinese forces of the PLA reluctant to disengage from the confrontation points and the Indian Army consequently deciding to maintain high force levels at the LAC in Ladakh, the crisis seems set to continue well into the winter.
The Indian Army is preparing to continue the confrontation into the harsh winter months and deployed T-90 and T-72 tanks along with BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Chumar-Demchok area in eastern Ladakh on Sunday.
These combat vehicles can operate at temperatures up to minus 40 degrees Celsius and are expected to give a tough fight to the PLA in case the Chinese decide to take on the Indian Army in combat.
The massive deployment by the Indian Army at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) seems to have intimidated China.
The situation has left top commanders within the PLA worried as the Chinese are scared about the possibility of an attack by the Indian Army in the near future.
Chinese military experts and top PLA generals are worried that their army will suffer massive humiliation in case of combat with the Indian Army.
Retired PLA Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post that the Indian Army has deployed 3 times more troops than the Chinese at the LAC. General Wong has warned the Chinese government that India has the ability to invade China in just a few hours.
“India only needs 50,000 soldiers to maintain the Line of Actual Control, but now, instead of withdrawing troops before the winter comes, India has added 100,000 more soldiers in Ladakh,” Wang said.
“India has doubled or tripled its troops near the Line of Actual Control; they are mostly stationed within 50km (31 miles) of Chinese territory, and they could easily cross into China in a few hours,” he added.
A former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Region, now part of the Eastern Theatre Command, Wang issued the warning in a defence-related social media account named Li Jian.
Song Zhongping, a military expert based in Hong Kong, also warned that the PLA of China will find the going tough against the additional Indian troops at the LAC in Ladakh.
“India always thinks it is in an inferior position and doesn’t accept the so-called Line of Actual Control. So it’s possible that they will initiate attacks to take back the region that Indians see as belonging to them,” Song said.