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Martial art of war: China’s new strategy along border with India

China is moving 20 martial art trainers to the Tibetan plateau to train its forces. Since the two armies don’t carry firearms in a specified belt along the border, the presence of martial artists indeed gives an edge to any side. The Chinese want that edge

By: Updated June 29, 2020 10:27 IST
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Reports based on the information in the Chinese government-controlled media saying that Beijing has deployed martial artists and mountaineers bare its nefarious intentions. Such deployment proves, if proof was ever required, that the Chinese Communist Party is working to a plan, that the disturbances along the India-China border are the result of Sinic imperialism.

BBC has reported that China is moving 20 martial art trainers to the Tibetan plateau to train its forces. “No official reason for the decision has been given, but it comes after at least 20 Indian troops were killed in clashes with Chinese border forces.”

Since the two armies don’t carry firearms in a specified belt along the border, as per the bilateral agreement, better martial arts training gives an edge to any side. While troops are given some basic training in unarmed combat, greater training in martial arts will make regular soldiers deadlier in such conditions.

The news agency AFP, quoting official military newspaper China National Defense News, reported that five new militia divisions including former members of a Mount Everest Olympic torch relay team and fighters from a mixed martial arts club presented themselves for inspection at Lhasa on June 15.

Despite its petulant behavior and belligerent actions, China continues to blame India for the escalation. The truth is diametrically opposite; it is China which is the aggressor. As External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a recent statement: “At the heart of the matter is that since early May, the Chinese side has been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC. This is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements, especially the key 1993 Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas.”

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