Can China’s Army Really Capture New Delhi in 2 Days?

“It would take China’s motorised troops 48 hours and its paratroops 10 hours to reach India’s capital if war broke out,” a Chinese State television channel boldly proclaimed.

This is not the first time China has tried to use rhetoric as a deterrence strategy but it comes as probably the first one that is so specific. Interestingly, this also comes on the back of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s pointed comment on honing India’s Cold Start strategy for Pakistan.

Does the Chinese state TV’s statement come as nothing more than a deterrence tool, or are the claims viable?

‘A Ridiculous Remark Made Without Any Practicality’

Experts and retired army officers were quick to rubbish this as illogical rhetoric, and questioned the logistics of the provocative claim. The ill-thought-out remark shows the level of understanding of the people who’ve made it, says retired colonel Rohit Agarwal. Speaking to The Quint, he breaks the comment down and analyses its impracticality.

For motorised troops to infiltrate the mountainous terrain of the north-eastern border of India and advance further inside is not possible, he says.

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If you’re talking about motorised troops, you need to first look at the terrain. Where will those troops come from? All of our north-eastern border is mountainous, so, even if they plan on using that route for their troops, how far can they advance?
– Rohit Agarwal, Retired Colonel, Indian Army
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As far as the paratroops are concerned, anyone can drop paratroops anywhere, says a former Indian army commander to The Quint. Putting the situation in perspective, he said:

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If it takes their paratroops 10 hours to reach Delhi then theoretically it will take even our paratroops the same time to reach Beijing.
– Rohit Agarwal, Retired Colonel, Indian Army
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Agarwal explains that depending on the flying time, and the time taken to prepare, why just 10 hours? One can drop paratroopers anywhere anytime, but what thereafter? What possibilities will they have after landing in foreign territory? Will it be a clandestine operation? If so, what will it lead to? It would then be a full-scale escalation, he added.

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You can drop paratroopers in Delhi as and when you like, but what will they do once they reach the ground? So, I think it’s just rhetoric.
– Rohit Agarwal, Retired Colonel, Indian Army
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Agarwal says it’s difficult to discern what might have prompted the state channel to issue the remark. But China is always looking to send messages and threats to India or even United States, says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (ret’d).

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This claim is beyond ridiculous. It’s saying their motorised troops will reach Delhi in 48 hours – how will they cross the Himalayas?
– Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (ret’d)
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Further, a former Army commander explains that notwithstanding all the disputes India has with China and Pakistan, the chances of a war are extremely low.

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This is nothing but a figment of imagination of the television channel and a matter of who they’re quoting and how. It’s just imaginations running wild and typical punchline reporting by the state channel.
– Former Army Commander
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The Chinese state TV’s comment comes without context and, seeing the experts’ views, is being interpreted as mere rhetoric – thus negating any deterrence effect it may have sought to achieve.

In My Personal Opinon China will never attack India They will keep only telling to put pressure on our leadership.First off all what china will achieve conquering India. India has different language religion and creed. If they conquer how many days they will stop us from achieving freedom.They Can’t control our younger generation people and also How many chinese military Person will die to conquer India. Yes they can attack Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and nicobar island etc but they will not attack Delhi.

 

 

 

 

 

Source:- The Quint



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