In a controversial move, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops to train for battle in the middle of the frontier with India, according to details released on Wednesday.
Jinping called on Chinese soldiers to “put all their minds and resources into training for war” during a visit to a military base in Guangdong Province on 13 October (Tuesday), CNN reported citing a news agency.
The comments were made during the inspection of the PLA Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, CNN added citing Xinhua. According to Xinhua, Xi directed the troops to “keep a high degree of alert” and called on them to be “completely obedient, completely innocent, and absolutely trustworthy.”
Xi’s visit to Guangdong was expected to give a speech on Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. It was founded in 1980 and played an important role in helping the Chinese economy to become the second-largest in the world.
Development is taking place in the middle of the conflict between India and China over the Actual Control Line (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. On Tuesday, the two countries decided to work on a mutually satisfactory disengagement solution as soon as possible after some 11 hours of talks. The 7th Corps Commanders-level meeting between India and China to resolve the situation at the LAC ended at about 11:30 p.m. October 12th (Monday).
“The two sides agreed to preserve dialogue and cooperation across military and diplomatic channels and to pursue a mutually satisfactory solution for disengagement as soon as possible,” the statement said. “The two sides have agreed to implement seriously the essential agreements signed by the presidents of the two countries, not to turn conflicts into conflicts and to mutually safeguard stability and tranquility in border areas,” he added.
The 7th Conference of the Senior Commanders of India and China took place in Chushul on 12 October. Both sides had a sincere, comprehensive, and positive exchange of views on disengagement along the lines of successful control in the western sector of India – China’s border regions. They believed that these conversations were optimistic, fruitful, and enhanced understanding of each other’s positions, “he said.
Meanwhile, a day after Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh opened bridges in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, China took offense on 13 October (Tuesday) and threatened India. China said that India had accelerated the construction of infrastructure “around the frontier and stepped up its military deployment.” He further accused India of triggering tensions between the two nations.
Building a new era in road and bridge connectivity in sensitive areas near the western, northern, and north-eastern borders, Singh dedicated 44 major permanent bridges to the nation on 12 October (Monday). The bridges are situated in J&K (10), Ladakh (08), Himachal Pradesh (02), Punjab (04), Uttarakhand (08), Arunachal Pradesh (08), and Sikkim (04).
However, China, which refuses to recognize Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, has posed a problem with the bridges that India has constructed on its territories. China said, “The Indian side has accelerated the construction of border infrastructure and stepped up its military deployment, which is the root cause of the conflict between the two sides.”
In response to the question, China said, “First of all, I would like to make it clear that China does not recognize the Union Territory of Ladakh, which is illegally established by India and also by Arunachal Pradesh. On the basis of the consensus on both sides, China rejects the construction of infrastructure for military struggle, and neither side can take any step that might make the situation worse. Efforts to change the condition may also be undermined.
He added: “For some time now, the Indian side has been accelerating the construction of infrastructure along the border and accelerating the military deployment, which is the root cause of the conflict between the two sides. China is calling on the Indian side to seriously enforce the consensus. Between the two sides, refrain from taking any action that could exacerbate the situation and take effective steps to safeguard stability and tranquility along the frontier.