A senior Chinese General reportedly authorized the People’s Liberation Army to launch an attack in the Indian soldiers because China did not want to appear weak, and “teach India a lesson,” US intelligence says.
According to a source familiar with the incident, the Galwan valley attack was ordered by Gen. Zhao Zongqi, who is a combat veteran and heads the Western Theater Command. He reportedly approached the attack that went on to a bloody face-off between the two nuclear-armed nations, USNews reports.
The Indo-China face-off in the Galwan Valley region took lives for at least 20 Indian soldiers who fought with non-artillery means using sticks, stones, and rods with the PLA army using the same means. The results lead to casualty on both sides. The Line of Actual Control is a ‘border’ India and China share that passes through the ice-desert of the Ladah Himalayas and stretches almost 4000 kilometers. It has been all but properly demarketed.
According to the report, Zonggqi is one of the few army veterans still on duty in China and has been involved with prior Indo-China conflicts. The army personnel has previously expressed concerns on China’s global stance and that it should not appear ‘weak’ in front of the whole world, especially to Washington and New Delhi, and avoid exploitation from the allies.
The US intelligence alleges that Indo-China standoff was not a border disagreement spiraling to a bloody fisticuff, but a purposeful and Beijing-backed attack to “send a message of strength in India.” This assertion comes contradictory to the Chinese statement so-far that has vouched for the circumstance-out-of-control narrative.
According to the US Intel report, it turns out, on June 15th, a senior Indian officer and two non-commissioned officers traveled to the Chinese side unarmed to talk through disarmament and mutual withdrawal from the region. The Indian Army personnel were supposed to meet with similar delegates from the PLA. Instead, as they reached the spot, dozens of Chinese troops launched an attack on them, who were already waiting with spiked clubs and bats. When Indian armies came to support, it resulted in the clash and thereby casualties from physical trauma and fall from the cliff, according to USNews.
Is China tasting its own medicine?
China’s influence in the world has been sustained by aggressive diplomacy by the Communist Party that rules the state. Over the last year, however, ever since the US alleged that Chinese firm Huawei is the state’s device for foreign intelligence, it has alerted the world.
The USNews report notes that much more than territorial conflict is at stake. In the aftermath of the Galwan Valley event, a wave of nationalism is aggressively targeting Chinese products. Indians have been deleting the Chinese social media app TikTok and destroying made in China phones. “It does the very opposite of what China wanted. This is not a victory for China’s military,” the intelligence source told under the condition of anonymity.
According to Hawkeye 360 – a private geo-intelligence firm, Satelite imageries of the India-China border from May reportedly showed ‘buildup in the Chinese side’ what appeared to be artillery and armed personnel carriers.
A Boycott China movement has spurred in India causing outrage on both social media and the public. Indian officials stated that Indian State-run corporations as well as private players are reportedly not buying telecommunication equipment from Chinese manufacturers like ZTE Corp. and Huawei for 4G and 5G infrastructure, ANI reports.
In the UK, under the influence of the US, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has banned Huawei from upgrading the british 5G setup. The US has been pressing that Huawei is a Chinese spy.
Tobias Ellwood, a British lawmaker, speaking at a panel discussion was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying, that China “is starting to promote a competing vision, subtly forcing Nations to choose sides, between an authoritarian system of control versus ours.”
Rana Mitter, Director of China Center at Oxford University told; “a large number of people in government and business are wondering if it’s appropriate to have a deepened relationship with Chinese companies if the end result makes them vulnerable to further pressure,” ANI reports.
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