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US: Tactical Chinese actions at border with India

China has taken “incremental and tactical actions” to push through its Line of Actual Control (LAC) claims with India and has unsuccessfully tried to prevent New Delhi from deepening its relationship with the US during and after the standoff, the Pentagon has said. said in a report on China’s military modernization.

The Pentagon report comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China over Taiwan and was published hours after the top US general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, issued a stark warning about China’s military progress.

The Pentagon has repeatedly referred to China as the “pace challenge” for the US.

“The PRC (People’s Republic of China) is trying to prevent border tensions from causing India to work more closely with the United States. PRC officials have warned US officials not to interfere in the PRC’s relationship with India,” the defense ministry told Congress on Wednesday.

The Pentagon regularly reports to the US Congress on the military standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh. The defense ministry has categorically said that China is indulging in aggressive and coercive behavior with its neighbors, especially India.

Chinese officials had also tried unsuccessfully through official statements and state media to prevent India from deepening its relationship with the US during and after the standoff, while accusing India of being just a “tool” of US policy in the region. the Pentagon said.

As of May 2020, the Chinese military launched raids on the usually Indian-controlled area across the border and has concentrated troops at several standoff sites along the LAC, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon said that despite ongoing diplomatic and military dialogues to ease border tensions, China has continued “incremental and tactical actions” to advance its claims at the LAC.

As of June 2021, China and India will continue to deploy widely along the LAC and make preparations to support these forces, while withdrawal negotiations have made limited progress, it said.

In addition, a sizable reserve force from the military districts of Tibet and Xinjiang was deployed to the interior of western China in order to respond quickly, the Pentagon report said.

“These tensions have likely provided the PLA (the Chinese People’s Liberation Army) with valuable operational and tactical experience,” the Pentagon said.

According to the report, at the height of the China-India border deadlock in 2020, the Chinese military installed a fiber optic network in remote areas of the western Himalayas to provide faster communications and better protection against foreign interception.

The PLA field commanders view near-real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and situational data, as well as redundant and reliable communications as essential for streamlining decision-making processes and shortening response timelines, it said.

The June 2020 skirmish in the Galwan Valley that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers marked the first loss of life at the LAC since 1975.

In February 2021, China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) announced posthumous awards for four PLA soldiers, though the total number of Chinese casualties remains unknown, the Pentagon said.

In 2020, China built a large civilian village of 100 houses in disputed territory between China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector of the LAC.

“These and other infrastructure development efforts along India-China have been a source of consternation among the Indian government and the media,” the Pentagon said.

In contrast, China has tried to blame India for triggering the deadlock through increased infrastructure development near the LAC, the report said.

Claiming the deployment to the LAC was in response to Indian provocations, Beijing has refused to withdraw troops until Indian soldiers have withdrawn behind the Chinese version of the LAC and halted infrastructure improvements in the area, the Pentagon said.

As the stalemate continues, China has expressed its aim to prevent it from deteriorating into a wider military conflict, the report said, adding that Beijing has expressed its intention to reduce bilateral relations with New Delhi to a state of economic and diplomatic cooperation that it had experienced since the Doklam standoff in 2017.