“In order to fight against China, the Army will send mountaineering expeditions and research teams to mark ‘uncontrolled areas,” the headline of the Times of India said on On March 1. and the outside world knew what the army was in. Indian Army. This report stated that the Indian Army is firmly promoting the use of mountaineering expeditions and research to promote and consolidate India’s so-called “legal territorial claims” in the northern border area, portraying China as a good exponent of the “salami slicing” strategy.
“Times of India”: In order to fight against China, the Army uses expedition and research methods to mark “uncontrolled areas”
The report quoted a senior Indian official as saying that China’s blatant policy of openly expanding its territory needs to be effectively countered. “While the Army is balancing this with additional troops and firepower on the northern border, it is also crucial to send mountaineering and other expeditions to show and mark our presence.”
At the same time, India’s territorial claims on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the International Border (IB) need to be publicized through efforts to promote scholarly research and publications in national and international journals, the report claims. “This will also involve the creation of documents, geotagging of locations and evidence”, the official said.
The report revealed that a ski expedition named “ARMEX-21” will cross the Karakoram Pass to the Lipulekh Pass in about 80-90 days, covering a distance of about 1,500 kilometers. The Indian Army also plans to carry out more such activities, visit the peaks along the LAC and IB, and cooperate with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and other mountaineering organizations. In addition, the military, civilians and foreigners will also be involved.
In response to the above-mentioned actions of the Indian army, Qian Feng, Director of the Research Department of the National Institute of Strategic Studies of Tsinghua University, told the Global Network reporter that similar actions have been taken by the Indian army historically. The current military confrontation between China and India has come to an end for the time being. Utilising the banner of mountaineering teams, the Indian army wants to not being seen to be violating the troop withdrawal agreement reached so far, and at the same time to continue to show its presence by way of disguised patrolling. Qian Feng believes that the Indian military also does not rule out the intention of using public opinion reports to boost morale and present a positive image to the country.
On February 20th, the Chinese and Indian armed forces held the tenth round of military commander-level talks on the Chinese side of the Moldo/Chushul meeting point. Both sides gave a positive evaluation of the disengagement of front-line forces in the Pangong Lake area in the early stage, and believed that this was an important development that provided a basis for resolving other issues in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) area in the western section of the China-India border. The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on other issues in the western section of the of the Line of Actual Control. The two sides agreed to follow the important consensus of the leaders of the two countries, continue to maintain communication and dialogue, stabilize the situation on the ground, reach a mutually acceptable solution in a steady and orderly manner, and jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the border area.