South Asia and Beyond

China Conundrum: Here’s The ‘Checklist’ India Needs

NEW DELHI: As the first phase of disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh gets over, the Army says the entire process is intricate and will need constant verification, indicating the lack of trust after the clash that took place at the Galwan Valley in June 15 in which 20 Indian soldiers laid down their lives. China is yet to acknowledge casualties on its side but an Indian assessment puts that number between 30 and 35. Several China analysts fear China could launch an aggressive campaign similar to the one in Ladakh, or even worse, a few months down the line. So how can India equip itself better? Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, China specialist Jayadeva Ranade and Lt Gen Devraj Anbu (retd),former vice chief of army staff, offer a host of measures that need to be put in place—better surveillance of Chinese movements, sprucing up border infrastructure, disruptive capabilities etc being some of them.

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