100 PLA ​​soldiers invade Indian Territory and destroy bridges

New Delhi — According to the latest Indian media reports, 100 PLA ​​soldiers and 55 horses invaded the Indian Territory of the Barahoti region of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, three miles on August 30, including a bridge. I came back after destroying that infrastructure.

Experts said the timing of the incident was important because it communicated the serious intentions of the Chinese administration to the Indians. It is also believed to be associated with new PLA leadership specializing in mountain patrols and reconnaissance missions. The invasion may have been designed by them to please Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

“It’s time to add an element of concern to this complex situation. The invasion was reportedly large and there were as many as 100 Chinese soldiers, so the Chinese want to emphasize the seriousness of their intentions. “I think,” former Indian diplomat Rajiv Dogra told The Epoch Times in an email.

Mumbai-based According to a Mumbai-based report, the incident at the pass across the pass was initially unnoticed by the Indian army and did not lead to a confrontation. Economic Times, Quoted insiders of Indian defense facilities.

It was reported to the Indian Army by locals, who sent a patrol for confirmation. By that time, the Chinese had left after spending about three hours.

“Previously, PLA has made several attempts to invade the Barahoti area, an anonymous source from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs told The Economic Times.

The scale of the incident raised concerns about the establishment of India. Before the last invasion in July, a minor invasion occurred in Barahoti, but most remain demilitarized zone.

Barahoti was the first region of the Himalayas It saw the invasion of China in 1954. Then, the following year, it expanded to other regions, leading to the war between the two countries in 1962.

“It’s quite possible that it was also a message to the quad, which appears to be a bee on the Chinese hood, as it happened in late August,” Dogra said. On September 24th, Quads in Australia, India, Japan and the United States held their first face-to-face leadership summit.

Frank Lehberger, a Chinese scholar and senior researcher at the Usanas Foundation based in India, told The Epoch Times that the invasion of Barahoti is a Chinese who seeks to check India’s reaction time in the event of a large PLA “lightning operation”. He said he suspected it was an attempt.

“There is also a bit of psychological warfare, where Indian troops are wary of borders and frustrating New Delhi politicians and diplomats,” said Liberger.

Epoch Times Photo
Barahoti on the de facto border between India and China in Uttarakhand, Himalayas, invaded by 100 PLA ​​soldiers on August 30, 2021. (Google Maps)

New PLA leadership

The invasion happened in the Indian Territory on the border with China’s huge Western Theater Command (WTC), which covers both the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Lehberger said the change in WTC leadership took place shortly before the invasion of Barahoti.

“People’s Liberation Army President Wang Haijiang is currently in charge of the huge Western Theater Command that borders India. Haijaing has been in charge only since the beginning of August 2021 and recently Xi Jinping was promoted from Major General. Did. [1-star] Completely in general [3-star] In Beijing on September 6, 2021, “said Lieberger. Haijaing is an expert in patrol and reconnaissance missions in mountainous areas, he said.

Haijaing also described the “physical and tactical aspects” of training in mountainous areas. Tibetan Military District (TMD), a sub-branch of the WTC.

The two previous predecessors before Haijaing were dismissed by Xi without explanation. “And there must be a specific, but unclear reason so far. Perhaps they are Xi’s anger, fear, or delusion of trying to betray Xi or get caught up in a coup. I wonder if it somehow caused it, “said Lieberger.

The Chinese administration hasn’t explained anything about the issue, Mr. Lieberger said.

“It must be emphasized here that the entire history of China and PLA from 1949 to the present has never experienced a similar unexplained rapid demotion and the disappearance of the top PLA leader. That’s very important because they remain unprecedented in communist Chinese military history, “he added. In his new role.

Docram, or Chinese Donglan was a military site Standoffs between the PLA and the Indian Army for the two months of 2017.

“In April 2019, Haijaing was publicly honored for its successful road construction and coordination of the infamous militarized Tibetan border settlement in the highlands. [13,000 feet]During the harsh winter of 2017, during the harsh winter in Dokulam, the general’s efforts led to the first camp in the harsh winter of Dokulam’s hard-to-live areas, which led to his early lieutenant general. He added that it led to promotion. 2019.

“As Xi manages to take revenge on his personal humiliation in Garwan last year, all of Hijain’s expertise and professionalism can be dangerous to the Indian military. Therefore, India is vigilant. There must be no. ”On June 15, 2020, Chinese and Indian troops fought a white soldier battle in Garwan, killing 20 Indians and 43 Chinese.

“I think there was this invasion on or just before August 30th after this massive wargame. Mission Snowland 2021, organized and supervised by Hijain as the WTC boss around August 25th, is Hijain. It was Opus. One of his “disciples” who is currently in charge of TMD, imitating Hijain, “said Lieberger. Barahoti’s invasion could be Hijain’s “personal welcome gift to please Xi,” he said.

“This could also explain Haijaing’s hasty and unplanned propaganda by Xi. Military promotion in China was severe only before and after the PLA’s founding on August 1, a few months ago. It won’t happen after that. “

Venus Upadayaya


Venus Upadhayaya reports on various issues. Her area of ​​expertise is geopolitics in India and South Asia. She reports from the highly volatile Indian-Pakistan border and has contributed to India’s mainstream print media for almost a decade. Community media, sustainable development and leadership continue to be her key areas of interest.