Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : 03
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This past weekend Indian media played up and sensationalised the “China threat”. Some publications scooped: “Chinese troops enter Pakistan to protect the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)”. In response to this, a source familiar with this issue told this reporter that these reports are pure fiction. On examination, this reporter also discovered that not a single mainstream publication in Pakistan published such reports. Meanwhile, India’s Daily Excelsior also reported that in the past few days Chinese troops crossed over the the LAC and had a “face-off” with Indian border guards for a few hours before eventually retreating.

The Indian Intelligence Bureau reported to the Modi government last Saturday that “Chinese military troops have swiftly entered Pakistan” in order to heighten security measures along CPEC, Zee News reported on March 13. A New Delhi TV news network also weighed in that that this trend is a cause for concern for the Indian side. A senior Indian government official told the TV news network: “we are paying attention and closely following the course of developments and have a fair idea of the number of Chinese troops that are likely to be positioned in Pakistan”. Indian media also stated that Pakistan too is dispatching three independent infantry brigades and two additional artillery regiments to tend to the security of the projects.

In response to the rumour that “Chinese troops are entering Pakistan” this journalist received information from a source that says this is simply not true. On investigating a number of Pakistani mainstream media publication this journalist found no such reports. It was only on an online defence forum that this journalist found a discussion thread pertaining to the report from the Indian media report—a thread on which there was no shortage of Pakistani netizens expressing their opinions. Some believed that it is possible that the information was published intentionally to mislead the local (Indian) population ,while one user was more direct with his claim that that all the information is a bunch of drivel and nonsense. Another netizen commented that Indians are paralysed out of fear, just like they always used to be.

In February Pakistan Daily reported that the Pakistani government is in the process of setting up a total of of 10,000 army troops exclusively for the security of CPEC. The report further elaborated that the Pakistani Military will be responsible for training these security troops so that they can carry out safety measures in a number of different environments and situations. At present, that are at least 10,400 Chinese engineers and technical personal working on about 210 different CPEC related projects.

A day ago, the Daily Excelsior published a report with the following headline “PLA troops retreat after crossing the border”. The report stated that on March 8 a Chinese officer lead no less than 11 troops, armed with about 4 vehicles, who crossed the LAC  entering about 5.5 kms into Ladakh. A source said that these Chinese troops very quickly “encountered” Indian border guards that were patrolling, resulting in a “face-off” for a few hours before they eventually retreated. Regarding this affair, an Indian Defence Ministry official expressed that LAC has not actually been delineated (between the two  countries) and both sides patrol what each perceives to be the LAC which sometimes results in these “incursions”.

The India-China border dispute is principally divided into two areas: the east and west sectors, according to the BBC. The eastern sector is located in the South Tibet region and the western sector in the Aksai Chin and Panggong Lake area—about 2/3rd of which is under Chinese control.

With regard to these two recent trends, India uses foreign media to decode and “deal with China”. Firstly, the Indian Air Force one again started using the two airports in Arunachal Pradesh (what we refer to as South Tibet) on March 12. These developments were very significant and add strength to India’s capabilities on the India-China boarder, AINS reported. Secondly, India and Japan are advancing common interests and setting up equipment and facilities on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Singapore’s Strait Times reported that these actions are in response to China’s increasing presence in the Indian Ocean.

 

中国派兵保护中巴走廊?印媒捕风捉影

印度媒体上周末在“渲染中国威胁”方面可谓下足了功夫。有媒体爆料称,“中国部队将进入巴基斯坦,以保护中巴经济走廊”。对此,熟悉情况的消息人士13日对《环球时报》记者表示,此事子虚乌有。《环球时报》记者13日查阅巴基斯坦当地多家主流媒体,也没发现相关报道。另一方面,印度《至上报》声称中国部队几天前越过“实际控制线”,跟印度边境警察“对峙”数小时后撤退。

印度Zee新闻网站13日称,印情报部门上周六报告莫迪政府,“中国军队将很快进入巴基斯坦”,以加强保护中巴经济走廊。新德里电视台称,这一动向引起了印度方面的担忧。一名印度政府高级官员对新德里电视台表示:“我们密切关注事态发展,对可能部署到巴境内的中国军队数量有了大致了解。”印媒称,巴方也将派出3个独立步兵旅和2个炮兵团参加保护工作。

对“中国军队进巴”的传闻,消息人士13日向《环球时报》否认了此事。记者在多家巴基斯坦主流媒体上也未发现该报道,仅在一个防务论坛上发现了一则转自印媒报道的帖子,不少巴网民在留言板上发表自己的看法。有人认为,该消息可能是故意向当地民众传递错误消息。还有人直接指出,这是“胡说八道”。另有网民表示,印度人像往常一样,被恐惧“吓瘫痪了”。

在中巴经济走廊的安保工作方面,巴基斯坦《每日时报》2月曾报道称,巴政府正在组建包括约1万人的特别安保部队。据报道,巴方重点军方部门将负责培训安保人员,以便让他们能够在不同的环境下执行保卫任务。目前,至少有1.4万名中国工程师和技术人员参与了在巴基斯坦的约210个项目的建设。

此前一天,印度《至上报》发表了题为“解放军部队越境后撤退”的报道,声称中国一名上校军官在本月8日带领至少11名军人在班公湖附近乘坐4辆汽车越过“实际控制线”,进入印度拉达克地区5.5公里处。消息人士称,这些中国军人很快就“遇到”正在巡逻的印度边境警察,“对峙”数小时后撤退。印度国防部人士对此表示,“实控线”并非由中国和印度共同划定,双方巡逻时都会抵近各自认为的“实控线”,因此“越境”事件时有发生。

英国广播公司称,中印争议领土主要为东西两段,即东段的藏南地区和西段的阿克赛钦地区及班公湖一带。班公湖沿岸2/3的部分由中国控制。

另外,印度方面最近的两个动向也被外媒解读为和“应对中国有关”。第一个是印度空军12日重新启用了设在“阿鲁纳恰尔邦”(即我藏南地区)的两个前进机场。亚洲新闻国际通讯社称,此举将在很大程度上加强印度在中印边境的防卫能力。第二个是印度和日本正进行协商共同升级安达曼-尼科巴群岛上的民用设施。新加坡《海峡时报》称,该群岛被视为应对中国在印度洋扩张的重要资产

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