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India's grave challenge: China's military

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Arunachal Pradesh

India is trying to figure out whether it should be focusing on the potential threat from either Pakistan or China, even as China is adding to its options for military maneuvers, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Until now, New Delhi has regarded Pakistan as its major nemesis, but increased tensions on the border between India and China may prompt a re-evaluation, and the probabilities don’t look good.

Pakistan and China have been cooperating, and the reality is that India’s military would be no match for a confrontation with China alone. With China and Pakistan working together against India, any confrontation would be formidable for India.

In a new report, India’s Ministry of Defense says China is “enhancing connectivity with Pakistan through the territory of Jammu and Kashmir, illegally occupied by China and Pakistan, and with other countries, will also have direct military implications for India.”

Until recently, India emphasized building its naval capability with a de-emphasis on its Army and Air Force, critical to protect the much disputed and vital Arunachal Pradesh region. China vehemently lays claim to the region, as G2B recently pointed out (July 10, “China-Indian conflict simmering on low boil”).

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India has concentrated its efforts on rebuilding its blue-water Navy, seeing that the Chinese Navy far outstripped its own capability. The reality, however, is that the build-up that India has undertaken still will not begin to match anything the Chinese Navy has.

For example, China’s military has a major missile arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles. China’s DF-31A ballistic missile can hit targets 11,200 kilometers, or 6,959 miles, away while its JL-2 SLBM, or submarine-launched ballistic missile, can travel more than 7,200 kilometers, or 4,474 miles. In addition to its SLBMs, Chinas has 75 major warships and 62 submarines, 10 of which are nuclear-powered.

India has neither ICBMs nor SLBMs and has only 30 warships and 16 aging submarines, none of which are nuclear-powered.

With the June re-election of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, India has shifted its priority to expanding its Army and Air Force capability, something that has infuriated the Chinese.

This renewed emphasis allows India to place more of its military in the Arunachal Pradesh region. Until that occurred, China was beginning to play down its military claims on the region.

According to security experts, this shift in priority from naval projection to building up the Army and Air Force will provide India a greater deterrence and self-defense ability in the areas along the Sino-Indian border.

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