Indian Planners speculate the possibility of a future warfare between China and India due to its growing military budget, modernization war strategies and aggressive posturing in the South China Sea. Much of the military power in India is largely focused on China, where strategists aim to formulate a broader perspective to match the evolving operations in the construction of frontier defense in China. Although India and China have been neighboring countries, united by trade, business, and globalization, the existence of a limited military conflict was always prevalent. The countries always relied on the armed forces as the last resort to maintain order between the predominant power play.
Possibility of a military conflict
Following the visit of Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing, the Indian media continues to speculate the possible scenario of a military warfare its deterrents. The predominant factors that contribute to the India-China conflict include the territorial defense postures, harsh climatic conditions, and difficult terrain, surveillance advantages enjoyed by China due to the high elevation of Tibet, differences in the infrastructure that gives China an edge over India. Lastly, the disparities in the functioning of the command structures both the countries also contribute to the growing differences and conflict between India and China. Strategists presume that the military conflict would invariably reduce to a limited duration in order to avoid nuclear expansion and third-party intervention.
Alternative war strategies adopted
With the advancement and evolution of modernization, China seems to take an alternative approach far beyond its war strategies to win the war. With the recent events of conflict and tension between the countries, the usage of air, electronic and cyber operations are aimed to effectively aid the conventional forces. The air force (PLAAF) and artillery of China aim to effectively delay the arrival of Indian forces from the lowland by conducting “standoff strikes” along with The Special Operation Forces that focus to attack vital targets. In response to the growing cyber and technological strategies adopted by China, India is banking on its strength in conventional methods such as air, missile and surveillance assets. Through its conventional advantages, the Indian defense has aimed to adopt a tactically offensive approach towards territorial defense.
International Community Interventions
However, several international studies and researchers emphasize the importance of mutual development in India and China, instead of territorial war strategies and cyber war. As a conflict would only invite a third party to take advantage through its interference. India must aim to focus on a beneficial relationship by strengthening trade and business ties. The hostile attitude between the two countries can be demolished by focusing on a future based on mutual understanding and growth.
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