India troops reportedly launched a shocking overnight attack on China, sparking fresh tensions that could cause World War 3 as they capture a key outpost in the Himalayas on the border they share with China.
A few months ago, 20 Indian soldiers were reportedly murdered during a hand-to-hand fight with Chinese soldiers along the border. Indian authorities said their troops climbed mountains for six hours to reach a strategic position by Pangong Lake.
According to a report, the move was made in retaliation for a recent intrusion over the border by Chinese military troops as Beijing accused New Delhi of unilateral aggression and violating an agreement between both nations.
The occupied position provides a view of troop movements across the contested border.
It also makes it much harder for Chinese forces to observe a crucial Indian supply road.
India’s move has been slammed by Hua Chunying, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry who said, “In China, we have a saying about a guilty man protesting conspicuously his innocence. That’s just what India did.”
Talks between Chinese and Indian military heads to resolve the dispute will continue on Wednesday but has remained stalled. Tensions between both sides exploded in June when troops from China and India clashed in the Galwan River valley.
Chinese and Indian soldiers used metal bars, clubs wrapped in barbed wire and rocks in fighting since guns are banned from the borders.
Most of the Indian dead soldiers either drowned or died of exposure after the violence, while multiple Chinese troops were also reportedly killed though Beijing has refused to provide an exact figure.
In retaliation to the hit, India blockaded a number of Chinese social media apps including the popular video sharing site TikTok. According to Jayadeva Ranade, who sits on India’s National Security Advisory Board, New Delhi’s move was partially intended as a deterrent.
He said: “The Indian military move on along the border is defensive but has an element of deterrence as well.”
China is currently locked in border disputes with a number of its neighbours. Its claim over the South China Sea overlaps with those of six other countries.
China has also been constructing military bases and airfields on the South China Sea islands to strengthen its position. Meanwhile, the United States, and other western powers, have occasionally sent warships on ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols through the sea to dispute Chinese sovereignty.
Beijing also refuses to recognise the legitimacy of Taiwan as a separate state and has vowed to reintegrate the island into China. According to a survey conducted by the state-linked Global Times, 70 per cent of Chinese believe India is being too hostile to their country.