When I came across this post by Ashok Chavda, where he says that he has premonition that second Indo-China war is on anvil, may be after the Beijing Olympics, over the unresolved issue of Arunachal Pradesh; I thought was it possible? No doubt China is using Arunachal Pradesh as one of the pressure card, but with International community watching and China desperately trying put up a ’good boy’ image, would China mount an offensive against India over the unresolved border issue of Arunachal Pradesh? Least chance, I thought, though they would continue to keep this issue unresolved as long as eternity to mount pressure on India.
But this report has made me sit back and wonder.
There are more indications Beijing is making serious preparations to enter the next war between India/Pakistan to enforce China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India. Satellite images studied by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) have revealed launch sites for medium range ballistic missiles in and west of Delingha in north central China. DNA-India report the missiles based there are the DF-21 a medium range ballistic missile of 1,330 miles (2,150 km) China’s first solid fuel rocket and carries a single warhead of 200-300 kilo tons. Hans Kristensen, a researcher with the FAS stated, "From these launch pads for DF-21 missiles, southern Russia and northern India will be within range but not Japan, Taiwan or Guam." It is not Japan, Taiwan, Guam or Russia Beijing has territorial disputes with but India for control over India’s northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh which China invaded for one month in October 1962....
The DF-21’s range brings all of Arunachal Pradesh and Indian defenses there within striking distance. Missile launch sites were detected along a 170 mile (275 km) stretch of highway leading from Delingha west through Da Qaidam to Mahai in northern Qinghai province.
Apart from the missile launch sites that targets India and Russia, there is a report of China deploying large number of Jin class submarine at a naval base on Hainan Island near South China sea.
There are clear signals that China is strengthening it arsenal that could pose a long-term threat to India’s security.Recently, the Indian Navy Chief had expressed concern over the number of nuclear submarines China is acquiring. Admiral Sureesh Mehta said though India is not worried about Beijing building a strategic naval base on the Hainan Island near South China Sea, it is concerned about the numbers.
The Navy had been tracking the developments on the Hainan island for sometime now but the recent reports carried high resolution satellite images of the base. The images showed that China has deployed its new Jin class submarine at the base.