Growing violations by the PLA on the LAC could lead to a “strategic blunder” if India pushes China back

A former senior Indian official stated on December 13, 2022 that the December 9 clash along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, which followed an attempted transgression by more than 600 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops that were repulsed by the Indian Army, has highlighted the growing risks of “strategic miscalculation” along the border. China’s increasingly aggressive posture has mistakenly discounted India’s willingness to respond, the former official said.

Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, a spokesperson for the Western Theater Command, said in a statement that “a regular patrol in the Dongzhang area” on “the Chinese side of the LAC” was “blocked by the Indian Army illegally crossing” the line. The PLA on Tuesday defended its actions in the Yangtse area of Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale wrote in a new paper on China’s India policy released on Tuesday that the PLA’s recent LAC transgressions, including at multiple areas starting in April 2020 in the Western Sector in Ladakh, reflected an aggressive posture, seen since 2013, and raised the question of “whether there is a potential for strategic miscalculation by China after the military standoff in Ladakh.”

This news is written by Ms. Pujari Dharani Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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