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India: Dealing With Chinese Aggression

February 26, 2010

Strategy Page
February 25, 2010

India has made it clear that it is preparing for
possible war with China, most likely along a
contested border in the northeast (the state of
Arunachal Pradesh). Thus in the last year, India
has sent Su-30s jet fighters to Arunachal
Pradesh, along with upgrading air bases there to
support their new aircraft. New roads are being
built in the area as well. Two mountain infantry
divisions are being sent to the area. Most of the
new Akash anti-aircraft missile units being
formed will go to face China, rather than to the
west, to face Pakistan. The new Agni III
ballistic missile, with its 3,500 kilometer
range, is meant for only one potential target; China.

The northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh
has long been claimed, by China, as part of Tibet
(although when Tibet was an independent nation a
century ago, it agreed that Arunachal Pradesh was
part of India.) Arunachal Pradesh has a
population of about a million people, spread
among 84,000 square kilometers of mountains and
valleys. The Himalayan mountains, the tallest in
the world, are the northern border of Arunachal
Pradesh, and serve as the border, even if
currently disputed, with China. This is a really
remote part of the world, and neither China nor
India will have an easy time of it if they went
go to war over this place. But the two countries
did fight a short war, up in these mountains, in
1962. The Indians lost, and are determined not to
lose again if there is a rematch. But since the
1960s, China has done more to build up military
forces on its side of the border, than India has.
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