China to Keep Weapons Deployed in Border, Despite De-escalation with India

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  • 12:41 PM, July 8, 2020
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China to Keep Weapons Deployed in Border, Despite De-escalation with India
A Chinese self-propelled gun (image: China Military)

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would keep its heavy weapons deployed in high altitude region despite the recent thaw in relations between itself and India.

"The Chinese deployment came before the latest consensus reached by both countries on de-escalating border tensions, China would welcome talks and de-escalation, but the Chinese military will remain prepared if the Indians again make any provocative moves," semi-official Global Times, which is known to mirror the government's views, reported citing Chinese analysts.

Weapons deployed in the Northwest China's high-altitude desert regions and Southwest China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau includes PHL-03 and PHL-11 self-propelled multiple rocket launcher systems, PCL-181 vehicle-mounted howitzers, HJ-10 anti-tank missiles, towed 35mm anti-aircraft guns, Type 15 light tanks and Z-10 attack helicopters, according to a CCTV report.

China to Keep Weapons Deployed in Border, Despite De-escalation with India
PHL-03 multiple launch rocket system (image: China Military)

“Chinese weapons were carefully selected to best suit high-altitude warfare and combat potential enemies' weapons of choice. China's rockets and artillery can target hostile fortifications and other ground targets, anti-aircraft guns can clear the sky, anti-tank missiles and attack helicopters can wipe out enemy tanks, and friendly tanks can take the ground,” a military expert told Global Times.

New Delhi had reportedly deployed new surveillance drones, AH-64E Apache gunships, Su-30MKI, MiG-29UPG, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar jets, besides Mi-17V5 medium-lift and CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in the region as tensions with Beijing hit a new low after a fatal clash between troops of both countries around mid-June.

China to Keep Weapons Deployed in Border, Despite De-escalation with India
Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache helicopter

After nearly a two-month standoff, the two sides began retreating 2km away from the conflict region on Sunday, creating a buffer zone. The development followed a telephone conversation between the Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question - Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India and H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.

“The Chinese military removed all temporary structures and almost completed withdrawing its troops from the face-off site in Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday,” sources familiar to the matter were quoted as saying by Economic Times today.

Another report by Times of India stated there was “still no sign” of China moving its weaponry and 25,000-strong army from near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto border between the two countries.

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