According to Reuters, Indian Prime Minister modi made a surprise visit to Liecheng in Ladakh area of the Sino Indian border on the 3rd to meet with Indian troops stationed there. On January 1, China and India reached a consensus to organize front-line troops in batches to “break away from contact” in the conflict zone of the Galvan valley. Experts on Sino Indian issues told the global times that modi’s visit was intended to ease criticism from the outside world, and at the same time partially divert domestic attention from dissatisfaction with the government’s poor anti epidemic efforts and economic downturn.
This is the first time that members of the Security Committee of the Indian cabinet visited the border area after physical clashes between Chinese and Indian officers and soldiers occurred in the border area on the evening of June 15, resulting in casualties. It is reported that during the visit, modi listened to a briefing by senior officers on the local situation. Modi’s entourage included Indian defense chief of staff Rawat and army commander-in-chief naravan. Indian Defense Minister Singh, who had planned to visit Ladakh, was not on the list.
Prior to this, China and India reached a consensus to organize front-line forces to “break away from contact” in batches and take effective measures to cool down the situation in the border areas. But it is clear that the impact of the Sino Indian border conflict has not been eliminated. India’s Ministry of power has asked Indian companies to obtain government permission to import power equipment and components from China, Reuters reported Wednesday. In June 29th, China’s Ministry of information technology announced that 59 Chinese App tiktok including WeChat and jitter should be banned.
Qian Feng, director of the research department of the National Institute of strategic studies at Tsinghua University, told the global times on March 3 that modi’s visit to border areas first showed his consistent image of “strong man” on issues related to national security, intended to ease criticism and accusations from the outside world, and at the same time partially divert domestic attention from dissatisfaction with the government’s inability to fight the epidemic and the economic downturn. Secondly, modi’s visit to the front-line generals and soldiers to inspire the morale of the army. At the same time, he can directly understand the deployment and preparation of the front-line, listen to the suggestions and views of the front-line commanders on the current situation, so as to prepare for the next step. The move also shows that modi has shown China and the international community that although India is willing to ease the border situation through bilateral mechanisms and diplomatic dialogue, his determination to safeguard national sovereignty and territory is firm.
At a press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 3, Zhao Lijian also gave a reply on modi’s sudden visit to China India border areas. Zhao Lijian said that at present, China and India are conducting dialogue and communication on easing the current situation through military and diplomatic channels. Under such circumstances, neither party should take any action that may complicate the border situation.
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