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Despite LAC disengagement, India still careful about China: Here’s how

As we all know, the disengagement process between the troops of China and India has started and it is likely to ease the border tensions to a certain extent. For the past two months, we have seen violent standoff between the two powerful Southasian neighbors in eastern Ladakh in which 20 Indian army personnel were killed. But according to strategic experts, India should prepare for a long haul and keep up the pressure on the Chinese for they cannot ever be trusted.

India has already taken certain aggressive measures to hurt China economically. Among these features banning of TikTok and other Chinese apps. The country is also pushing for self-reliance. No wonder, all these steps have enraged China. However, India is still steadily proceeding with its anti-China initiatives. In this article, we shall highlight those initiatives.

Here are 5 ways through which India is still building pressure on China at present

1. Aggressive trade ban

The Chinese troops’ misadventure caused mistrust about its intentions and it generated nationalistic fervor in India. The Centre canceled investments in various sectors from Chinese firms. India took several approaches to tackle China, isolating them economically is a major aspect among them. A group of experts believes India should continue with its trade war against China, boycott Chinese products, cancel contracts with Chinese companies and thus push for maximum loss to the Chinese economy. This is the reason Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Aatma Nirbhar Abhiyan plan.

Very soon, the Centre may go for hiking duties, examine all FDI proposals from China, and offer incentives to local traders to lessen production costs, and make Chinese goods look less attractive to buyers.

2. Bringing Rafale to the fore

India’s defense minister Rajnath Singh used the arrival of 5 fighter Rafale jets from France to launch a veiled attack to neighboring China over border tensions. Singh on Wednesday stated that the combat jets’ arrival marked “the beginning of a new era in our military history”. No doubt the Rafales will make our air force “much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country,” Singh tweeted.

Though the minister did not directly name China but political observers, as well as common people, understood that his comments were clearly aimed at the Dragons.

3. Navy’s aircraft initiatives

The Indian Navy has been taking many measures since the Ladakh standoff began. It still continues to gear up to pre-empt any untoward advance by China. According to a report, the navy deployed a large number of front-line warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region last month to send out a clear message to China. It is also having operational cooperation with friendly naval forces like the US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to strengthen its side.

Recently the navy has conducted joint exercises with the French, US and Japanese navies in the IOR. The navy is taking all measures to keep all key sea lanes of communication safe and secure, free from any negative influence.

4. Regular intelligence update

Apparently, the border tensions between India and China is fading but according to India’s intelligence officers, China can’t ever be trusted. That is why India is still moving 35,000 troops along its disputed Himalayan borders with China. Also, India is keeping a close watch on the situation and it reminds China of its actual activity on the border no matter what the Dragons claim.

Recently India reminded China about its disengagement status along the LAC. As per reports, replying to China’s statement that troops had “disengaged in most localities” in the disputed areas in Ladakh, the Ministry of External Affairs said though some progress had been made, the disengagement process is yet to be finished.

According to a report by The Eurasian Times, the Indian Army for the first time has deployed a squadron (12) T-90 missile-firing tanks, APCs, and a full troop brigade (4,000 men) at Daulat Beg Oldi. Beijing also deployed 50,000 troops in Aksai Chin. Although both the neighbors are engaged in de-escalation talks, the Indian Army remains on high alert.

5. Race for technology growth

Another way India is trying to outsmart China is through technological advancement. India has already achieved major investment benefits from Google which promises to uplift India’s digital growth massively with Rs 75,000 crore. With Mukesh Ambani’s Jio bringing in new 5G revolution, China’s Huawei’s biting the dust.

The Centre recently banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, including TikTok, to improve local control and data security. As per reports, leaders in India’s technology industry are urging PM Modi to go even further to protect the interests of local companies against foreign rivals, especially China. “China has long been the bratty kid who thinks it’s OK to grab others’ cake without sharing your own,” Dahiya told Bloomberg News.

India is leaving no stone unturned to brace up against China, for the Dragons cannot be trusted even after rounds of diplomatic talks and assurances. Now time will prove whether these steps are enough for India to keep its territory safe and maintain its supremacy in the Southasian region.


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