Presidential candidate Joe Biden from the Democratic Party in the US condemned China’s plan to increase control over Tibet, saying that if he comes to power his administration will ban Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in Tibet .
You too Brutus oops Biden!!
Last week Biden said, ‘My administration will ban Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in Tibet and will also include the Tibet Language Service in Radio Free Asia and Voice of America radio services so that the world’s information can reach the people of Tibet. Along with this, many other steps will be taken in support of the people of Tibet.
China is behaving like a petrified paramour who was promised marriage and that lovely life thereafter which has been interrupted by a monster in law called Trump. China is hoping that on November 6 or whatever date election results would be announced, that wicked monster in law will go away and China will be reunited with USA for ever in a lovely honeymoon. USA will research new products and China will copy those and sell to the world. It will be all honkey dori thereafter forever till the world is explained to submit before the emperor of China err world. Unfortunately the world too is behaving like a jilted lover taking no hints from sweet gestures of conquest by China. Least of all being grateful to China for it’s great gift called “Covid-19”. Is it working on Covid-20 & 21 etc.?
News channels now a days do not tell news like good old times. Rather they tell stories. Similarly wars are now battled in theatres. Except that the war theatre is an outlined piece of land. In case of present Indo-China stand off, the theatre is in northern India. The terrain looks like this:
India does not have border with China.
That was until China annexed Tibet in 1950-57. Ladakh is the India’s northern State bordering Tibet. Leh, capital of Ladakh is at an elevation of 11562 feet from sea level. To give a perspective, Himalaya mountain’s peak is more than 29029 feet. That is the highest peak in the world. The highest peak in India on which skiing is possible around the year is Kufri which is 16 Km from Simla, has elevation of 8600 ft. Present stand off between the forces of India and China are at three places on this border.
To take off, planes need runway and it needs airports to assist it’s maintenance. Further, aircraft also has to breath oxygen like human. Lesser the oxygen, lessor the thrust. Taking off an aircraft from the ground is the most challenging aspect as gravitational pull is more. If you have been to any hill station, remember how difficult the climb is. That is the twin effect of gravity and less oxygen.
Tibet (means China) has 4 air bases, out of which only Ngari is close to Ladakh. The other 3 Shigatse, Lhasa and Nyingchi are 1500 to 2500 kms away. These four airbases in Tibet are at a high altitude of more than 13000 ft (4000 mtrs) The airports at such high altitude has problems. Aircrafts have to be operated at half to 2/3rd load. Not to mention special tweeking in the aircrafts. Read this news report from 2017 reported in China daily, now archived:
“Konggar Airport in Tibet, one of the highest-altitude airports in China, was able to accommodate a Tibet Airlines wide-body Airbus 330 aircraft overnight for the first time, the airline announced Wednesday.
The 3,600-meter-high airport in Lhasa was able to accommodate the plane after the airline’s technicians solved the problem of re-starting the aircraft’s engine in a low air pressure environment after an overnight stay.
A new oxygen diffusion device has been designed to increase air supply during the engine ignition process, the airline said.
High-altitude airports (over 2,438 meters above sea levels) pose safety issues for pilots as low air pressure affects flight performance. All five airports in Tibet are classified as such.”
The above problem relate to a commercial airbus aircraft which has much more big and stable engine. Imagine the take off of a fighter plane? Do not know the difference. See this commercial plane taking off from Lhasa’s Gonggar airport:
Now see this flight of a Rafale fighter plane:
Have you noticed the difference? Presently we are not discussing the specifications of plane. We can assume that China and India have similar planes and they have same numbers as well. Now compare those four airports within the radius of 600 kilometres inside Tibet with position of India.
India has the following air bases in this theatre as also in adjoining areas – (1) Leh (high altitude), (2) Srinagar, (3) Awantipora (Medium altitude), (4) Jammu, (5) Pathankot, (6) Adampur (Jullundur), (7) Amritsar, (8) Halwara (Ludhiana), (9) Bhatinda, (10) Suratgarh, (11) Ambala, (12) Chandigarh, (13) Sarsawa (Saharanpur), (14) Hindon (Delhi), and (15) Bareilly.
There are three more within 900 km distance (1) Agra, (2) Gwalior and (3) Bakshi Ka Talab (Lucknow). All these are full fledged air bases with full support to squadron of aircraft of any type. If at any given time India chooses to attack these bogus tents put up by China in Galwan Valley, how is China going to respond? Deploying aircraft to dog fight will be not an easy task. Assuming that four airstrips will support and planes will some how fly, can that number be any more than a dozen at given time as three airstrips has no hanger or even space to house a full squadron of aircraft there?
Remember we have not discussed the fighter planes or their quality so far. I have also ignored the Doulat Bagh Oldie, the India’s landing site and world’s highest and longest landing strip at highest altitude.
So what did the China do? It has deployed air defence missiles. Will it work? We will discuss that tomorrow.
It appears that talks on deescalation have met with a dead lock. The belligerent China which had moved forward on three different positions on Indo-Tibet borders, seems to be not interested to move back. It has been forcibly evicted from two positions but on third position (possibly all three) China has built up military positions and three divisions of it’s army are in battle ready positions.
The disputed land has nothing to do with China as it did not have any border with India. In 1950-57 China occupied Tibet then moved forward and occupied 38000 sq km of land called Aksai Chin while Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India was shivering in his pants refusing to use air power to deter China. Now it is revealed that Nehru’s descendants were permitting more and more encroachment of land by China, subject to payment of donation to them.
Right now, India has taken following steps at the border:
Entire Mountain Division is in ready position and posted at border. (It is the only army of this kind in the world which is acclimatized for fighting at high altitude)
Three Divisions of Army have been deployed in acclimatization zone as back up.
Needless to say about infantry and Bheeshm High Terrain Tanks, howitzer guns etc.
Aakash Air Defence System with range of 30 Km deployed.
The airport at highest altitude in the world at Doulatbag oldie is ready with Aircraft like Sukhoi, Tejas and Miraj etc.
Sukhoi is equipped with Brahmos supersonic missile of 300 km. It is unstoppable by any missile defence (except perhaps S-400 which China has already deployed on it’s side.)
Barak-8 imported from Israel is being deployed at borders which can not be stopped by S-400.
China has a settled policy of diplomacy which translates into talk-talk and war-war. It has been announced on pro-china news channel that both sides have agreed by India and China to talk on weekly basis. But such talk is meaningless if not followed up. Meanwhile Prime Minister of India, in his monthly address to the nation used these words:
“My dear countrymen, irrespective of the magnitude of the calamity confronting us, India’s sanskar…way of life inspires one and all to serve selflessly. The way India extended a helping hand to the world during difficult times, it has reinforced India’s role in ushering in peace and development. This period also saw the world realising India’s spirit of universal brotherhood…at the same time it also noticed India’s commitment and might when it comes to safeguarding her sovereignty and territorial integrity. Those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. India honours the spirit of friendship…she is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary, without shying away. Our brave soldiers have proven that they will not let anyone cast an evil eye on the glory and honour of Mother India.
Friends, the entire country comes together in paying tributes to the bravery of our jawans who attained martyrdom in Ladakh. The entire country bows to them in reverence, with gratitude. Just like their family members, every Indian painfully regrets the loss. The inner sense of pride that families feel on the supreme sacrifice of their brave sons…their sentiment for the country, constitutes the true power, the might of the country. You might have seen parents of martyrs referring to sending other sons, other young family members too, to join the army. The words of the father of Shaheed Kundan Kumar of Bihar, keep echoing. He had mentioned sending even his grandsons to the army to defend the country. This spirit permeates across all martyr families. Truly, the sense of sacrifice displayed by these family members is worthy of veneration. The resolve with which our jawans made the supreme sacrifice for the security of Mother India, should be the aim of our lives….and this applies to each and every one of us.
Friends, before independence, in the realm of the defence sector, our country was ahead of many countries in the world. There used to be a multitude of ordnance factories. Many countries that lagged behind us then, are ahead of us now. After independence, we should have made efforts in the defence sector, taking advantage of our prior experience…. we did not. But today, in the fields of defence and technology, India is relentlessly endeavouring to advance on those fronts…. India is taking strides towards self-reliance…………….
It is said,VIDYA VIVADAYA DHANAM MADAAY, SHAKTIH PARESHAAN PARIPEEDNAYAKHALASYA SADHOH VIPAREETAM ETAT, GYAANAYDAANAYCH RAKSHANAY. Which means, a person who is wicked by nature, uses education to foster conflict, wealth for conceit and strength to trouble others. Whereas, a gentleman uses education for knowledge, wealth for helping and strength for protecting. India has always used her might, echoing the same sentiment. India’s solemn resolve is to safeguard her honour and sovereignty. India’s aim is – a self-reliant India. India’s tradition is -trust and friendship. India’s spirit is brotherhood. We shall keep moving ahead abiding by these principles.”
The words in bold shows middle finger to the China. This is a clear warning that India will fight with the wicked enemy. The supreme sacrifice of 20 soldiers would be an inspiration to be drawn from, for defending a war. China can go to hell with it’s reverse engineered weapons and fighter planes. Let it face a real war with real army.
The question is whether China wants to have a full fledged war and risk economic consequences of permanently losing a market of 1.4 billion people alongwith all investments of it’s companies which will be alien property?
For the record it has already alienated the trust of 80% of people of India, who were born after 1970 and had not witnessed the treachery of China with Nehru.
Why India did not in 1957 and why not today claim entire Tibet is perplexing. The Ruler of Kashmir was also claiming to be ruler of Tibet and annexed not only Jammu, Kashmir and Laddakh but also Tibet. See this stamp:
The way China annexed India’s Aksai Chin and is now vainly trying to capture the Galvan Valley in eastern Ladakh is not new to it. Not only India, it wants to capture the lands of about two dozen countries. Although China shares borders with 14 countries, it claims land or sea borders of at least 23 countries. La Trobe University’s Asia Security Report has revealed this.
China has so far occupied 41 lakh square kilometers of land in other countries, which is 43% of the existing China. That is, Dragon has almost doubled its size in the last 6-7 decades due to its expansionary policy and its greed is not over yet.
China had started a policy of land grabbing since the establishment of Communist rule in 1949. Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, China intensified the border with India. But for the first time, he is facing such a tough challenge. Let’s take a look at some of China’s illegal occupations.
1.East Turkistan Land area of 16.55 lakh sq km. After the first attack in 1934, China occupied East Turkistan by 1949. China is oppressing this area of Uighur Muslims with 45% of the population.
Tibet China occupied this beautiful natural country of 12.3 lakh sq km on 07 October 1950. He expanded his border to India by attacking Tibet with 80% Buddhist population. Apart from this, it got the source of immense minerals, rivers like Indus, Brahmaputra, Mekong here.
Inner Mongolia In October 1945, China invaded and occupied Mongolia with an area of 11.83 lakh sq km. The Mongols with 13 per cent of the populationwere severely crushed the demand for independence. It has 25 percent of the world’s coal reserves. It has a population of 30 million.
Taiwan China has long been eyeing Taiwan surrounded by 35 thousand square km seas. After the Communists’ victory in 1949, the nationalists took refuge in Taiwan. China admits its share, but Taiwan stands firmly in front of it. Taiwan has American support and therefore China is unable to attack it even if it wants to.
Hong Kong China forcibly annexed Hong Kong in 1997. These days, he is looking to clamp down on Hong Kong by implementing the National Security Act. 50.5 percent of China’s foreign investment and trade comes through Hong Kong.
Macau After 450 years of rule, the Portuguese handed over Macau to China in 1999.
India China has occupied 38 thousand sq km of India. It covers 14,380 square kilometers of Aksai Chin. Pak gave 5180 sq km area to Pakistan.
East China Sea Jadhozhad from Japan. China has its eye on eight islands of 81 thousand sq km. The dispute was sparked by the creation of China’s air border zone in 2013.
Border dispute with Russia too China’s dispute over an area of 52 thousand square kilometers from Russia. Attempted China attack in 1969, dug up Russia.
South China Sea There is tension in the region from Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, trying to grab from 7 countries. Spanning 35.5 lakh square kilometers, the South China Sea boasts 90% of the area. China occupied the Parsley, Spartley Islands and built military bases. From here, 33% i.e. 3.37 lakh crore annual global business is $ 77 billion oil, 266 lakh crore cubic feet gas reserves.