China: Army 'loses edge' in the snow says expert

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The Chinese military has deployed 100 advanced and long-range rocket launchers at its high-altitude borders amid a standoff with India. The South China Post reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed over 100 PCL-181 light and truck mounted-howitzers to ramp up its defence for the winter season.

WION’s Palki Sharma said: “Can anyone slow down the Chinese? Well, the world’s best bet could be the weather.

“As they say winter is coming and the Chinese army loses its edge in the snow.

“This is especially true on the LAC. The PLA troops falter in the high altitude.

“They cannot operate their weapons as well.

“China’s solution is to double down and bulk up the LAC with more troops and weaponry.”

It comes as India’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was concerned about a new law passed by China last week to strengthen border protection amid a protracted military standoff between the two Asian giants along a contested Himalayan frontier.

China passed a dedicated law specifying how it governs and guards its 22,000-km (14,000-mile) land border shared with 14 neighboring countries, including Russia, nuclear-capable North Korea, and India.

“China’s unilateral decision to bring about a legislation which can have implication on our existing bilateral arrangements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.

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The 3,500-km-long border between India and China remains undemarcated, and the nuclear-armed neighbours have overlapping claims to large areas of territory along the frontier. The two countries fought a border war in 1962.

Thousands of Indian and Chinese troops also remain amassed along a remote Himalayan border in the Ladakh region, where the two militaries have been locked in a high-altitude face-off since last year, despite more than a dozen rounds of talks.

“We also expect that China will avoid undertaking action under the pretext of this law which could unilaterally alter the situation in the India-China border areas,” Bagchi said.

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Three Republican US senators have since filed legislation to exempt India from sanctions for purchasing a Russian S400 missile defense system, citing the importance of working with allies to stand up against China.

The bill, from Senators Ted Cruz, Todd Young and Roger Marshall, would create a 10-year exemption for member countries of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – Australia, Japan and India – from sanctions imposed by CAATSA, a sweeping 2017 law intended to punish countries that did business with, among others, Russia’s military.

The bill added to calls in Congress to waive sanctions for India.

Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Senator Mark Warner, in a letter to Biden on Tuesday, called for a waiver on the grounds of national security and broader cooperation.

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