Amid growing border disputes with India, the Chinese military has reportedly built a small-sized model of Ladakh. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) built a model of the world’s largest size in their Helanshan training area.
Since the smaller sized models are designed for operational and training purposes, experts believe that the purpose behind such a large model on Indian soil could be to conduct combat exercises.
This development comes at a time when India and China are stuck with a strong position in the remote and picturesque Himalayan region of Ladakh. Although both countries have claimed that the dispute is on the right track, some experts believe that India had the worst border dispute with Pakistan in 1999 over Kargil. Kargil resulted in a small amount of war between India and Pakistan.
There are fears that the ongoing Indo-China border dispute over Pang Tso Lake in Ladakh could lead to an all-out war between the two Asian powers. The construction of a large-scale model in Ladakh by the Chinese PLA has also pointed in this direction. In addition, China has withdrawn an additional 5,000 troops near the Ladakh border.
What does this mean?
According to a senior Indian Border Security Force official, Ladakh is a high-altitude region and a huge amount of planning is needed to fight in such a region. The scale model is an accurate replica of that region based on measurements. “These models were created to pre-plan things. Infantry will be able to scale altitude or how long it will take to get from one point to another,” he said.
Although India also maintains such scale models for training purposes, he said, the scale models, these large ones were made for attack and defense planning and for that you need to know the details of the land. “If China has created this model, we have to see what the motives are there. It could be in favor of war or if they need to withdraw their troops in the future, they will need the details of the region.”
‘Engages with China to resolve disputes peacefully’
Meanwhile, the Indian government has said that diplomatic efforts are underway to resolve the border dispute with China peacefully. Foreign Ministry (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both India and China were involved in resolving the issue at the military level as well as at the diplomatic level. His remarks came after US President Donald Trump offered to mediate.
“Our troops have taken a very responsible approach towards border management and strictly followed protocol. They have strictly followed the instructions given by our leadership. At the same time we will protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.