Friday, September 02, 2011

India's National Security and the Chinese Challenge

China has been toying with the Indian borders for long, which even lasted in a bitter war, the wounds of which are not healed yet. There is an increased tension off late between both the countries despite a series of talks on the decades-old boundary dispute. However, the guiding principles and political parameters to resolve the boundary issues have not yielded the results so far.


India has been irked by the Chinese stand on stapled visas and construction on Brahmaputra dam. Moreover, the security breaches by the Chinese forces and their attempts to destabilize the borders are alarmingly increasing day-by-day. India's defense establishments are taking these threats very seriously - both from China and Pakistan and are planning to have a missile missile-defence shield to safeguard the capital from missile-borne nuclear attacks.

The ongoing battle of supremacy over the Indian Ocean region between India and China has taken a new twist as Indian security agencies have reportedly spotted a Chinese spy ship floating on the Indian Oc
ean disguised as a fishing trawler. The Indian radars could not find the ship until 22 days of its presence and it was located off-the cost of Little Anadaman, a strategically crucial and sensitive island for both the countries. It's learned that the spy ship has as many as 22 laboratories on board. According to a report sent to government, the mission was to map the Indian Ocean and pick up vital bathymetric data, which is crucial for submarine and carrier operations. The other laboratories on board were involved in collecting data on underwater obstructions and obstacles. Indian security agencies also have spotted many Chinese fishing trawlers along Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast which they doubt are spying our missile programs to collect telemetric data of the missiles.
Chinese Missiles

In an alarming revelation, it was revealed in Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military buildup that China has deployed very advanced and survivable solid-fuel nuclear capable CSS-5 MRBM mi
ssiles on Indian border. It reveals that a high degree of mistrust continues to strain the bilateral ties between both the countries. According to the report, China has replaced liquid-fuelled, nuclear-capable CSS-2 IRBMs with more advanced and survivable solid-fuelled CSS-5 MRBM systems on the Indian borders. However, Indian Air Force Chief Norman Anil Kumar Browne showed no panic over the Pentagon report. Dismissing the finding, he said New Delhi has its own plans to counter such situations. "These (threats) are all known, it is nothing that we are worried about. We have our own plans and we are moving ahead with our own plans. These are the realities we have to deal with," Browne told the reporters, quotes IANS.
The communist nation is desperately looking for ways to make inroads along our borders. U.S. has also revealed that China is pumping in huge investments along the Sino-Indian border on infrastructure developments to build more roads and rail network. India had earlier lodged an official protest over Chinese troops damaging a retaining wall built by Indian Army in Yangtse in Arunachal Pradesh. There were several attempts by the Chinese army to violate the Line of Actual Control (LAC) over the last couple of years.

chinese rail

It is reported that China is looking forward to launch aircraft carrier operations in the strategically crucial Indian Ocean region and the spy work is directly attributed to this. Presence of Chinese Carrier Battle Group in this region will be a major threat India and the Chinese ground forces already enjoy a military supremacy in the land borders. India has strong reasons to be concerned about the Chinese moves as the communist nation is increasingly strengthening its foothold on the Indian Ocean, Central Asia and Africa and its alarmingly close military ties with Pakistan.

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