An article on PLA (People’s Liberation Army) warned that the Indian army should keep its past experience as a lesson and mentioned that the Indian armed forces will never have an upper hand in the war in case of a military standoff in the Sikkim sector.
Wang Dehua, a strategic analyst wrote an article titled “Expert: no winner in armed conflicts” recalling the 1967 conflict. According to him, Indian armed forces can never have an upper hand in the war. He was quick to share how the Chinese army had launched two destructive counterattacks against Indian armed forces back in 1967 and warned that the Indian army should have it clear in their mind that they have no advantage over China now whatsoever.
He further added that the Indian side didn’t get the upper hand in the past and it won’t get an advantage today because the Chinese military has made remarkable progress on modernisation over the past few decades.
Wang wrote,“those in India who still uphold ‘confrontation’ in this event should be fully aware of the fact that if a solution isn’t reached through diplomatic or military communication or the issue isn’t handled properly, another armed conflict between China and India is not completely out of the question”.
Wang warned Indians should never misjudge, “India’s strength and China’s bottom line, otherwise it will shoot itself in the foot”.
Dehua who is the head of the Institute of South Central Asia and Shanghai Institute for International Studies wrote that Indian troops had illegally entered Dongland and Doklam region which is a part of Tibet Autonomous Region.
Wang stated further, “With the conflict at Nathula and Daggi in September and October 1967 respectively reaching a peak, when the Indian side assigned its No 112 mountain infantry brigade and No 17 artillery brigade to attack Chinese troops stationed at Nathula mountain pass on the China-Sikkim border. In self-defense, Chinese troops launched two destructive counterattacks against the Indian side,” Wang wrote.
Although it is widely accepted that China was dealt severely with 300-400 Chinese soldiers were killed whereas India’s 80 soldiers were killed in the battle at Nathu La.
Wang wrote that India provoked the Chinese army after 1962 and China also didn’t want 1962 war but India wanted a war and they lost it.
He went on to allege that “after the 1962 Counterattack in Self-Defence on China-India, Indian troops made many provocations to Chinese border troops in Yatung (a frontier county situated in the mouth of the Chumbi valley near the China-India border) and Nathula (a mountain pass in the Himalayas which connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region) in 1965-1967”.
The article also stated that despite the illegal entry Chinese troops did not use force to ward them off. Their actions were purely self-defence and it sadly ended in India’s defeat.
Wang was quick to quote Arun Jaitley’s statement in denial. According to Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley the present conditions are nothing like 1967. He is sure that the Indian armed forces are better now with favourable terrain, better than ever mountain division and air force on the border.
Wang wrote on Arun Jaitley that “Some Indians dare to provoke China and even claim that it’s not 1962 anymore probably because they don’t think China has military advantages at the border sector where the event took place,” he wrote.
“They mistakenly think that India is able to revenge itself by using the favorable terrain and its advantageous mountain division and air force on the border. But the India had better not forget the historical lesson.”
Wang, he however disagrees!