Saturday, July 08, 2017

Getting There First With the Most

China can't understand why India is worried about China building roads through conquered Tibet up to the border of India which China claims should be moved significantly southward?

Give the Chinese credit for saying this with a straight face:

China said on Thursday it was absurd for India to use the excuse of Chinese road-building to cross over their border, and accused India of militarizing its side of the frontier.

A stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighboring giants, who share a 3,500 km (2,175 miles) frontier, large parts of which are disputed.

And China is correct that recently India has been the one pouring more troops into the region and building a transportation network of their own near the frontier.

But that's only because India has belatedly reacted to the fact that China can mass troops in the disputed region far more quickly than India can, giving China the option of a quick smash and grab where China takes territory from weak Indian defenders and then digs in along a revised line of actual control, daring India to recapture the lost ground.

And oh yeah, China will remind India, we have nukes.

India would be foolish to fail to remedy the imbalance in their northeast.