China’s state-owned television CCTV has reportedly made a claim that China’s motorised troops would take 48 hours and its paratroops 10 hours to reach New Delhi if war broke out, suggested a report in The Quint.
Earlier too, China had threatened India that it will have “to get involved” if any Indian “plot” disrupts the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in restive Balochistan.
Hu Shisheng, the Director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), the think tank that is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, had also raised concern over India’s growing military ties with the US and its changed attitude on the disputed South China Sea.
According to Hu, the defence cooperation between New Delhi and Washington had increased significantly after Modi took over as prime minister.
This time China’s warning is specific and provocative.
Indian security experts and retired army officers have termed this claim as an illogical rhetoric. According to retired colonel Rohit Agarwal, it is not possible for motorised troops to infiltrate the mountainous terrain of the north-eastern border of India and advance further inside. He also said if it takes their paratroops 10 hours to reach Delhi then theoretically it will take even our paratroops the same time to reach Beijing.
Another retired Army officer questioned how it is possible for their motorised troops to reach Delhi by crossing the Himalayas.
It’s a frightening prospect, if India and China go to war. Both countries, home to 2.5 billion people, share a long and sometimes disputed border — and each have nuclear weapons.
Twitteratis have responded on this:
@spectatorindex Someone plz tell those Chinese pigs that Indian nukes will take only few minutes to reach Beijing and Shanghai.
— Ajay Jha (@jha_ajay) January 15, 2017
— tl1234 (@TGL1995) January 15, 2017
— Vikrant (@vikrantkumar) January 15, 2017