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The myth of the Chinese String of Pearls

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A host of Indian generals, politicians and China-centered media gurus claimed that China was out to alter the status quo ante. Planet-Lab-imagery `corroborated’ exhibited pre-incursion and post-incursion positions. India’s Maj Gen G.G. Dwivedi said, “It is part of China’s ‘nibble-and-negotiate’ policy. Their grand aim is to ensure that India does not build infrastructure along the LAC, change the status of Ladakh, cozy up to the US and join the anti-China chorus caused by covid-19. It is their way of attaining a political goal with military might while gaining more territory in the process.’’ He added. “We used to patrol up till Hot Springs and so did they. The Ladakh Scouts controlled the Galwan valley and did not encounter any problems either’. His troops learned of Chinese patrols from graffiti on the rocks that read ‘This is China’. Indian troops retaliated by scribbling ‘This is India’ on the rocks.

He interpreted China’s current belligerence as a reaction to ` India’s recent actions of reorganising Kashmir and Ladakh and improving infrastructure in the region, Dwivedi clarified, “It [China] has high stakes in PoK [Azad Kashmir] as the CPEC traverses it, and it is also the site of the proposed $9 billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam.’’ China’s aim is to `dominate Durbuk-DBO road, strengthen its position in the Fingers area, halt the construction of link roads in Galwan-Pangong Tso [salt lake] and negotiate de-escalation on its terms’

India’s provocations may inadvertently lead to a war against China. India’s frenzied war preparations are a source of serious concern to China. The USA is unlikely to contribute soldiers in such an eventuality. Some of China’s diamonds are weary of India’s pugnacity. For instance, Bangladesh is getting closer to China. Bangladesh is unhappy at India’s non-compliance with the Teesta River Accord, and the anti-Muslim (Bangladeshi) Citizenship Amendment Act

Chinese media insisted that it is India, not China, who overstepped Line of Actual Control. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, reiterated China’s blaming the Indian troops for the incident.

India alleged, “An analysis........

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