Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Hu Bofeng Page No. : 3
Even after the Chinese and Indian Foreign Ministers held a bilateral meeting in the Russian capital,  Moscow, and reached a “five-point consensus,” the Indian media continues to play up the confrontation between the two militaries at the border. India’s “Economic Times” quoted a source on the 12th and reported that the Indian army had deployed military forces in the Spangur Gap on the southern bank of Pangong Lake. The source stated that the two armies have entered each other’s “gun shooting range” in the area , and China has “consolidated the border” by deploying militia squads, and their tactical task is to “try to drive away the Indian Army.” According to the report, the Indian Army has repeatedly reiterated that “if the Chinese Army dares to take any provocative actions, the Indian Army will retaliate.” However, in order to ensure the stability of the situation, the two Armies have been “interacting every day” in recent days.
“India Express” quoted a former Indian Military Attache to China, Dwivedi, on the 12th — his analysis saying that the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and China to ease the current tension was very important and will help break the deadlock on the borders between the two countries.  It shows that China is still eager to resolve differences through dialogue. Dwivedi declared that looking back at the root cause and development of the situation, taking into account factors such as the scale, extent and time of the confrontation, the political purpose of the military action taken by the Chinese side is to “transmit a strong signal to the Indian side that it should submit to China’s interests”. The military purpose In “Depsang, Galwan, Pangong Lake” and other places is to gain positional advantage over India. He said that both sides have invested more personnel and weapons and equipment in this confrontation, and they are constantly escalating between “action and countermeasures,” but the overall level is lower than that in a prelude to outbreak of war. The main significance of the “five-point consensus” reached by the Foreign Ministers of India and China is to plan a macro approach for the two militaries to disengage and ease the situation. The key to the future lies in whether it can be implemented.“The Times of India” reported that according to sources, the Indian and Chinese military may hold a new round of high-level dialogue this week, focusing on discussing how to implement the “five-point consensus.” The Indian side will closely observe and evaluate the actions taken by the Chinese military at the confrontation point in the eastern part of the “Ladakh region”. It is reported that Indian Army Chief Naravane has discussed the content of the “Five-Point Consensus” with senior military commanders. The report believes that although the “five-point consensus” mentioned “disengagement as soon as possible,” it did not lay down any specific timetable. This may have to be resolved by the two sides in the upcoming high-level military dialogue. The source emphasized that the Indian side will not lower the alert level in the border area at present, and will continue to maintain a “high level of combat readiness” until there is a significant change in the situation away from confrontation.
.The Times of India mentioned in a report on the 13th that Alloy Company, a “state-owned enterprise” in Hyderabad, India, will build an armored factory to produce bulletproof vests and protective equipment that meet international standards and supply bulletproof vehicles. At present, hundreds of bulletproof vests have been provided to paramilitary forces as samples. In addition, the Indian media said on the 12th that the Indian Air Force plans to install air defense radars in three border areas of Uttarakhand and build a pre-landing site for refueling and loading and unloading ammunition.

The Hindustan Times believes that after the confrontation, India should further improve its policy toolkit toward China, calmly observe China’s actions and, at the same time, remain vigilant and take preemptive actions. According to reports, India should simultaneously strengthen its economic and military strength. This will be the confidence and key to all-round competition with China in the future. At the same time, the partnership with the United States, Japan, Australia and other countries should be consolidated. India needs to consider whether to conduct broader and more open cooperation with the aforementioned countries, especially the United States. In addition, the report also called on the Government to consider strengthening relations with neighboring countries in South Asia to hedge China’s strategic presence in the region.

At the same time, the United States announced on the 11th that it signed a defense cooperation framework with the Maldives. Although the US did not mention China in its statement on this matter, the Times of India specifically mentioned in its report of the 12th that the Trump Administration is seeking to expand its alliances in the Indo-Pacific region to cope with China’s rising Influence. The report did not forget its own country, saying that the United States has also been pushing India to play a broader role in this strategically significant region.

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