World War 3: India issues chilling warning to China – New Delhi ‘prepared’ for all out war
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Tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have reached boiling point following clashes over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and this week an expert told Express.co.uk India will always be “better prepared” for all-out-war to defend itself. Jayadeva Ranade, former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat and Government of India warned the potential for conflict over the contested border was rising as “China becomes more expansionist and strives to become the unrivalled predominant power in the region”.
He said although India had sought to “avoid” war, the nation would “not back down” and would always be “better prepared” for conflict against its foe.
Mr Ranade, President of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, said: “There is concern that there could be future conflicts.
“As China becomes more expansionist and strives to become the unrivalled predominant power in the region, the potential for conflict will increase. This is likely to include the maritime region too.
“While India has always sought to avoid conflict or confrontation with China, India will not back down from a conflict.
“With the passage of time, India will be still better prepared.”
The Asian giants have rival claims to vast swathes of territory along their mountainous 3,500 km (2,173 miles) border, but the disputes have remained largely peaceful since the 1962 war.
However deadly conflict erupted in June when there were losses on both sides of the battle following a violent face-off between China and India at Galwan Valley, one of the four clash points in the eastern Ladakh sector.
Since then, discussions between senior military officials aimed at easing tensions between the pair have failed to reach a breakthrough.
Mr Ranade said this was because Beijing had “destroyed whatever little trust had been built” with India.
He said: “A number of rounds of border talks have been held, but these have made no headway with the Chinese consistently declining to exchange maps or have substantive discussions.
“China’s intention appears to be to resolve the border issue at a time when they feel they can dictate, and compel, India to accept the terms.
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“China has clearly demonstrated that even at the highest level of China’s leadership there is no interest in improving, or maintaining, good relations with India.
“It has destroyed whatever little trust had been built. India’s relations with China will be adversely impacted for a long time with trust being absent for considerably longer.
“The economic measures being taken by India are long term and a pointer to the future trend in relations.”
Indian military officials have previously accused Chinese soldiers of entering into India’s side of the LAC or the de facto border at several locations in early May.
But China denied it breached the LAC, as the 3,488 km de facto border is known, and says there is stability in the area near the Galwan River andPangong Tso lake in the remote snow deserts of India’s Ladakh region.
One possible trigger for frictions is India’s construction of a road near theGalwan valley to narrow the gap with China’s superior network of roads that it built years ago, Indian and foreign military experts say.
China is opposed to any Indian construction in the area, saying it is disputed territory.
Mr Ranade added: “India will withdraw troops from the border only after Chinese troops withdraw to their pre-May positions and when the situation visibly improves.
“The absence of trust means that even agreements arrived at with the Chinese cannot be taken at face value.”
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