South Asia and Beyond

As China Recruits Tibetan Youth For LAC Deployment, India Keeps Close Eye

 As China Recruits Tibetan Youth For LAC Deployment, India Keeps Close Eye

Members of Snow Hawk Air Patrol Team at a flag presentation ceremony for new militia units at the Militia Training Base in Lhasa Garrison. (Photo: Guo Weifeng; China Military Online)

NEW DELHI: Nearly six months after it first became public, Indian intelligence agencies and Army personnel are keeping a close watch on how a special recruitment drive undertaken by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is progressing in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India. Apart from the sustained pace of infrastructure building in Aksai Chin and areas close to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the focused attention in the PLA in the past couple of years to induct Tibetan youth into its various units has come under intense scrutiny of the Indian establishment dealing with China. Recent indications suggest that a Special Recruitment Drive (SDR) has been undertaken by the PLA to attract Tibetan youths into its fold. According to a March 2020 directive, every household in the Lhasa region has to send one youth to join the militia units that are being raised in Tibet. Majority of the Tibetans are reportedly part of the militia and the People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF)....Read More

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