After a weeks-long standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the rarefied atmosphere of the Himalayas, policymakers in Delhi must have realized that they need to do a better job protecting the mountainous border region against Beijing’s encroachment.
According to official sources quoted by the Press Trust of India, Delhi will create a border protection force of 50,000 troops at a cost of $11 billion over seven years. That’s a huge amount of money, analysts say. “It’ll take years and years before they get up to speed on this,” an unnamed official in Delhi told the FT.
India, like Japan, is reacting to Chinese aggression, bolstering defenses and threatening to retaliate with force or even strike first the next time Chinese forces threaten. First it was Japan, vowing to strengthen its naval forces against Chinese incursions. Now this. The great powers around China are building up their forces. Beijing’s response will tell us much about the next few years in Asia.
[Indian soldier in the Himalayas. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.]