Shocking Truth Revealed: China’s Sneaky Tactics to Claim Indian Territory Exposed!

While it has successfully resolved border disputes with 14 countries, concerns remain over its unsettled border issues with India and Bhutan. Recently, China unveiled a new land-border map that challenges India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This map lays claim to Ladakh in the north and Arunachal Pradesh in the east as Chinese territory. However, it is crucial to clarify two significant inaccuracies in this narrative.

First and foremost, there has never been a direct land border between India and China. Tibet and East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang) serve as buffer regions between the two countries, with the imposing Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges separating them.

Secondly, it’s important to note that Tibet and East Turkestan were not originally part of China. They were independent states that China forcibly occupied in the previous century. Gilgit-Baltistan, a region within Jammu & Kashmir, is currently under Pakistani control and is situated to the north of the Kashmir Valley. To its east lies East Turkestan, referred to as ‘Xinjiang’ by China. This region came under Chinese control in approximately 1949. Tibet, located to the south of East Turkestan, shares a similar history.

Tibet, once a formidable state that resisted Chinese encroachment for centuries, later became intermittently subservient to China, much like Vietnam, North and South Korea did over time. In 1951, the Chinese Army captured Tibet after a violent confrontation, resulting in the deaths of numerous Buddhist monks. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, fled to India in March 1959, where he and his followers established a Tibetan Government in exile.

Historically, Tibetans emerged as a significant force around 7 CE. The Chinese Tang Dynasty initially underestimated their strength, but after Tibetans captured Chinese territories to the west and north, Tang realized the gravity of the situation. Recognizing that it was impractical to engage the Tibetans on their home turf, situated at an average elevation of 16,000 feet, the Chinese chose to establish a peaceful relationship through vassalage and intermarriage with Tibetan royalty.

Ladakh, a region within India’s Jammu & Kashmir, lies between Tibet and East Turkestan. China’s interest in Ladakh stems from the fact that neither Tibet nor East Turkestan has fully integrated with mainland China, and separatist movements persist in these areas. Additionally, Tibet is the source of several major rivers, including the Indus, Brahmaputra, Mekong, Salween, and Irrawaddy, making it a crucial water resource. Tibet’s vast glaciers also earn it the moniker of the “third Pole” after the North and South Poles. Furthermore, Tibet possesses valuable natural resources such as metals, oil, and gas.

In pursuit of its interests, China has employed oppressive tactics to maintain control over these regions. As early as 1953, China constructed the G-219 highway through the Aksai-Chin area of Ladakh without Indian consent, even during a period of relatively stable India-China relations. However, as relations deteriorated in 1962, China expanded its occupation of Ladakh. Over time, it has incrementally encroached upon Indian territory, a strategy often referred to as “salami-slicing.” As part of this approach, China entered into an agreement with Pakistan in 1963, acquiring the Shaksgam Valley in Gilgit, encompassing an area of 5,000 square kilometers, for its security considerations. Regrettably, China continues to assert itself aggressively in Ladakh, as evidenced by its military actions in May 2020 in the Galwan, Depsang, Pangong Tso, and Demchok areas.

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