“The escalation of the war of words”-From Saturday to Sunday, the accusations of the two Indian parties around China’s relationship with China have intensified, and some of the accusations have even reached a ridiculous level, triggering media attention. Indian Prime Minister Modi said in his routine radio program on the 28th that “those who cast their evil eyes on the territory of Ladakh in India have received an appropriate response” and are widely regarded as “strengthening” China. A number of Indian media reported on the 28th the latest deployment of the Indian army in the border area on the 28th, and analyzed the comparison of Chinese and Indian military strength. “The People’s Liberation Army has everything that the Indian army lacks, and more.” “FireWire” magazine website issued a warning on the 28th that the Indian government should not escalate the border conflict with China.
India’s New Delhi Television (NDTV) reported on the 28th that the conflict between India and the Chinese army in Ladakh resulted in the death of at least 20 Indian soldiers and was slammed by the opposition National Congress Party. In order to counter the criticism of the opposition party, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Chairman Nada asked 10 questions to the Congress Chairman Sonia Gandhi, including the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation accepting Chinese donations around 2005, during which India traded with China. The deficit has risen from US$1.1 billion to US$36.2 billion. Are there “exchange conditions” between the two? NDTV said that in response to the People’s Party’s accusations, the National Congress spokesman also responded with 10 questions on the 27th, questioning the People’s Party’s relationship with China, Modi’s several visits to China, and India’s gracious reception of Chinese leaders have become ” problem”.
In response to the Sino-Indian border dispute, Modi issued a “tough” statement on the 28th. “The Hindustan Times” said that Modi said in the radio program “Spiritual Dialogue” that day: “In Ladakh, those who challenged us got a proper response. Our warriors made great sacrifices, but did not Let the opponents prevail.” Modi also emphasized that the world has seen India’s commitment to protecting borders and sovereignty. According to the Times of India, Modi also vigorously promoted the use of products produced in India in his speech, calling it a way to grow and serve the country. He mentioned a woman from Assam who said that after watching what happened in eastern Ladakh, she decided to buy only local products. “I received these messages from all corners of the country.” Modi said that India’s goal is to become self-reliant, and its tradition is trust and friendship. “We will continue to abide by these principles.”
According to the “Hindustan Times” reported on the 28th, after the conflict between the Chinese and Indian border defense forces in the Galvan Valley, the Indian army deployed a surface-to-air missile defense system in the eastern region of Ladakh. These air defense weapons can be used to combat fighter jets, Targets such as helicopters and drones. The report quoted Jaswar, the former northern army commander of India, as saying: “When the final state of the situation cannot be predicted, military caution means that preparations should be made for the worst.” Another Indian official said that the Indian Air Force is currently The alert level has been increased and the frontier base has been ordered to be in the highest alert state.
Although India frequently deploys military forces to the border, in the eyes of the Indian media, there is still a considerable gap in the strength comparison between China and India. “How India confronts China”, India’s Economic Times published an analysis on the 28th, saying that although India’s defense expenditure accounted for the total government expenditure (8.8%) has always surpassed China (5.4%), but because China’s economic scale is too large Most of the time, China’s defense spending actually dwarfs India. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that China’s defense spending in 2019 is US$261 billion, and India’s is about US$71 billion; China’s annual expenditure on national defense is about US$182. India’s per capita defense expenditure is less than one-third of China’s, with $52 per person. In addition, there is a gap between the Indian and Chinese forces in terms of strategic upgrading and weapons.
“FireWire” magazine website issued a statement on the 28th that the Modi government has not realized that once the situation escalates, it will be controlled by the stronger military side, which is the People’s Liberation Army in the border conflict between India and China. “Continued stalemate may benefit China’s military and strategic superiority.” The article stated that the Indian Army leadership has always been obsessed with the fantasy of “two-line war”. “More ironically, the Indian military leaders have not yet recognized a Fact: The People’s Liberation Army will fight when it is needed, and it will not consume much energy.” The article concludes by suggesting that due to China’s strong position in the negotiations, the Modi government should consider restoring the status quo in the Ladakh region and remain neutral in the geopolitical struggle between China and the United States in this century.
In addition to the fact that the two Indian parties attacked each other on this matter, some Indian media even got rid of the “anti-national” hat because they interviewed the Chinese ambassador. India’s ThePrint website said on the 27th that the Indian Press Trust (PTI) was accused of “false information and propaganda tools” for interviewing the Chinese ambassador to India and promoting China’s position. According to the website of the Chinese Embassy in India, Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong was interviewed by the PTI on the 25th in the Indian-Galvan Valley on the 25th, saying that Sino-Indian border guards had serious physical clashes in the western part of the border in the Galvan Valley, causing casualties. This is what China does not want to see. The incident was completely provoked by the Indian side, and the responsibility lies not with China. “Hindu” said that PTI’s largest subscriber, the Indian government’s public broadcaster, threatened to unsubscribe from its news service on the 27th, claiming that PTI’s recent “anti-national” reports “harmed national interests” and destroyed India’s “Territorial integrity”.