India has valid reasons to worry. Top Chinese Army officials are working in cahoots with Pakistan on infrastructure projects. Generally speaking, such collaboration would seem harmless, and shouldn’t upset the India Army. But that is far from the truth. India’s simplicity and friendliness has been often misconstrued by both the nations, and history has been a witness to the cunning of India’s two aggressive neighbours.
Last week, Indian Army troops stationed in the forward posts opposite Nowgam sector in North Kashmir reported sighting of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops working along the LoC on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Although there has been no official confirmation from India, or China and Pakistan (for obvious reasons), we should up our guard, lest the ghost of 1962 materializes into a real threat.
The two conniving neighbours have had given enough trouble to India in the past. Notwithstanding all the friendly visits, and the bilateral talks, India has time and again, been back-stabbed by Pakistan and China.
After the sightings of the PFA troops, the Indian Army got suspicious and intercepted calls of their Pakistani counterpart. Their doubts were confirmed. Going by the intercepts, the PLA has come up with a blueprint for an all-weather highway and will dig up tunnels in the Leepa Valley, located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
China is pumping a total of $46 billion into the CPEC (China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor) project that will run through Karakoram Highway, an area under illegal occupation of China. The highway currently connects China with Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range. The planned road will serve as an alternate route of the Karakoram Highway .
China is pumping a total of $ 46 billion into the CPEC project through Karakoram highway, an area of India under illegal occupation of China.
This wasn’t the first time PLA officials were spotted along the LOC; similar sightings were reported last year, opposite Tangdhar sector, where the government-owned China Gezhouba Group Company is working on the Jhelum-Neelum Hydel power project.
As the CPEC project was given final shape, India had last year registered its protest against the presence of Chinese troops in Gilgit and Baltistan, an area in PoK, saying that it was unacceptable to India.
When India confronted China recently on the issue, instead of giving a direct “Yes” or “No” answer, it blamed the media of cooking up stories of incursions. “I have not heard about the incident,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kong said.
Contrary to China’s reassurance of “bilateral talks” and “friendly relations”, there are reports that PLA is willing to set up a security wing in the PoK with a local alias, so that India keeps its mouth shut. It’s worrying for our Army because around 30,000 men will be deployed in the installations built by the Chinese firms. And this is how China will justify its presence along the LoC.
It’s a worrying thing for India that the quarrelsome neighbours are seen together along India’s disputed border. In all probability, they are up to something that could prove detrimental for India. Despite the reassurances of China, and the sweet talks of Pakistan, let’s not forget that in the past, the two nations transgressed Indian borders, claiming stretches of land as theirs.