East Turkestan separatists taking refuge in India : Wu Minjie|
Being alarmed by growing concerns about East Turkestan terrorists and Tibetan separatists taking shelter in India, Chinese military expert Mr Wu Minjie noticed that India's overall combat strength in the border region now actually exceeds that of the Chinese side. A three -part article, written by Mr Minjie, under the caption "India's Border Blitz, Not to be Routine, with No Prior Notice to Beijing", has been published on 21 October 2011 in the "Military Review" column of the website www.huanqiu.com, which is the Chinese language version of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-run Global Times Net. The article has also appeared on the same day in the "World News Paper" (Shijie Xinwen Bao), a publication of the Chinese Government's "China Radio International". An English commentary, written by D. S. Rajan and published by eurasiareview.com on Mr Minjie's article is available here. The points, raised by Mr Minjie, indicate the undercurrents of rising tension and distability in Asia though the present Chinese leadership is trying to downplay the issue in public. A brief glance at the points made by Mr Minjie's article may help the readers understand the situation.
1. "The issue of threat to China coming from India'smilitary build-up in the border" is there as a new development.
2. "India, taking China's strengthening of its troopdeployment in Tibet as pretext, has all along been indulging in a continuousexpansion of its troop strength in the Sino-Indian border region."
3. The article "has especially noted the deployment ofadditional two mountain divisions, Arunachal scouts, Su-30 MKI fighters, T-72main battle tanks and other advanced equipment in the borders. In elaboration,it has quoted from Indian press reports on New Delhi's plans along the Line ofActual Control – to deploy a new Army, two armored brigades and one independentinfantry brigade, four Su-30 MKI fighter squadrons by 2015 and additional 35border posts for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. As per the article, in theeastern sector including in "Arunachal", India has so far deployed 5Armies, 240-300 fighter aircraft , 5 Mountain infantry Divisions and 1Mechanized Division."
4. "Above 7 million Indian immigrants are currentlyin "Arunachal", which number exceeds the total Tibetpopulation."
5. "The Indian military strategy with respect to borderwith China has undergone a shift – from 'defensive' to 'offensive'."
6. "The article has said that India's overall combatstrength in the border region now actually exceeds that of the Chineseside."
7. The article, "noting other Indian media dispatcheson New Delhi's 'approval' taken in 2011 to deploy Brahmos supersonic cruisemissiles in "Arunachal Province" has said that this would amount to India'sfirst time deployment of offensive tactical missile against China."
8. "The article has further pointed out that every yearprior to the start of Special Representatives talks, the Indian military hadalways desired to show some muscle , but this year's decision to deploy a 'starequipment', i.e Brahmos, cannot be considered a stereotype."
9. "India is soon planning to hold two large scale'lightning' military exercises in India and India-Pakistan border region,without prior notice to Beijing and Islamabad, in response to "threatsfrom China".
10. "The Sino-Indian border issue is now morecomplex."
11. "It has added that "though India is notenthusiastic in becoming a pawn of others, it has its own 'imperialambition'."
12. "The Tibetan and 'Eastern Turkestan' separatistsare seeking refuge in India."