China claims all of Ladakh and Ar.Pradesh to justify sending its troops anywhere across the border and obtaining concessions from us. We stupidly react dfending only the border drawn on a map in response and simply make eccuses for their aggression by saying " perceptions differ"! We never claim in return all of Tibet, all of Xinjiang,whatever.Neither do we cross into parts of Tibet occupied by China.Yet we shout from the ramparts that POK will soon be ours,ad nauseum,but can do bugger all with the Chin invasions that occurs with regularity, other than stop them where ee can while "without firing a shot" they keep advancing into ours time and time again.
Apart from border creep,what they immediately do after some sort of agreement is reached to defuse tensions, is to build a huge infrastructure on their side,close to the disputed flashpoint where a large number of troops,AVs and heavy armour can be stationed,with helipads to support attack helos. From this solid support base they further encroach into our territory at a future occasion. Until we do to the Chinese what they are doing to us,this land- grabbing by the accursed Chins will go on forever until one day the fighting starts.By then we may have lost too many strategic points to prevent a Sino- Pak link up in Aksai Chin,threatening Siachen ,the Chicken's neck,and Ar.Pradesh for example.
There is a secondary strategy of the Chins.While we spend a bomb on maintaining a huge army of 250,000+ in the mountains,they massively saturate the IOR with warships and subs using their bases at Djibouti,Gwadar/ Jiwani,Hanbantota/ Colombo, E.African coast,attempts in the Maldives,Burma ,threatening to cut off our very own energy supplies and MV trade in our own backyard! I was laughes at 25 years ago for predicting the PLAN's arrival in the IOR post 2000. We now have at least 8 PLAN warships and subs on permanent deployment every year.No one's laughing now! In a few years time that will be double.The PN is also getting a huge boost from the PRC.New FFGs,DDGs,8 Yuan AIP subs plus another 8 on the anvil,some kind of second strike UW system either using large conv. AIP boats or perhaps even an SSBN. All this while we CUT the naval budget while China's navy gets top priority over its other two forces and a huge increase every year!
It is an historic fact that the most powerful empires existed because they ruled the seas.The powerful navies of the ancient world of Rome,Greece,Egypt, then the Venetians, Portugese,Spanish,Dutch,British, spearheaded and supported
their colonial ambitions .Napoleon said that he lost because of the RN throtling France at sea. IN both WW1 and WW2 the Allied fleets defeated Germany and Japan. The Americans rule the oceans today, but the Chinese are building a fleet to challenge the USN in the Asia-Pacific region. Right now we have superior forces vs the PLAN in the IOR,even if clubbed with the PN's assets. But unless there is a similar massive investment in the IN,plugging the alarming gaps in mine warfare,ASW helos, subs, and supersonic maritime strike aircraft, the waters of the IOR will taste very bitter for India.Our Delhi Durbar's " landlubber" mentality has to change. The best counter strategy for us right now to make the Chins withdraw is to shadow every warship,MV,bumboat,whatever in the IOR,especially its tankers heading back home to the Middle Kingdom with our combined naval and air assets.If the balloon goes up they must all meet Mr.Davy Jones in his locker.