China has reacted strongly to India’s decision to deploy BrahMos cruise missiles in Arunachal Pradesh.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) official mouthpiece, the PLA Daily, has conveyed a strong worded message to India saying it could bring countermeasures from China and bring “a negative influence” to “stability” of border areas.
“India deploying supersonic missiles on the border has exceeded its own needs for self-defense and poses a serious threat to China’s Tibet and Yunnan provinces,” said the commentary.
The PLA Daily claimed India’s decision is inspired by “counterbalance and confrontation.” It also termed deploying Sukhoi Su-30MKIs and drones for border security as “deterrence to China to create a military advantage in the boundary”.
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The commentary also suggested that BrahMos poses threat to Chinese infrastructure as the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile has excellent dive attack capabilities, and fits in the Sino-Indian border where it’s mostly mountain topography. It added that the missile’s “low observable” nature and “penetration capabilities” of the 2.5 Mach-speed missile posed a threat to China’s border areas.
The BrahMos “could increase suddenness and effectively of attacks” and land “crushing blows on time-sensitive targets like missile launchers and solid targets like command centres”, it said.
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The newspaper also highlighted that the missile had certain “defects”, such as “a relatively short range that cannot threaten China’s deep zones” as well “a heavy weight that makes it difficult for even a Sukhoi Su-30MKI to carry more than one”.
Chinese and Pakistan frontier defense forces after a joint patrol at a mountainous region in Khunjerab of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region english.chinamil
Of late, India is pushing aggressive development across the 4,000-plus km of Himalayan frontier that stretches from Ladakh in the northwest to Arunachal Pradesh in the east. In Ladakh, Sikkim and in Arunachal Pradesh, India is deploying more troops, equipped with armoured regiments and artillery support.
Fighter aircraft like the Su-30s are being based closer to the frontier, and more roads are being built right up to the LAC, following the reversal of an earlier policy of not developing the border areas. India’s move follows China building up massive infrastructure in Tibet and Xinjiang, including airports, roads, and a rail network – a move that gives the PLA a distinct advantage when it comes to mobilising its forces if needed. By 2020, a rail link to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is also planned.
Clearly, slowly but steadily India is bolstering its conventional military deterrence against China along the border areas but looking at the strength of much larger – and stronger – adversary, there is more to be done to keep the dragon at bay.