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Former Indian Defense Minister Warns of Imminent Chinese Attack

Nov. 10 – India’s government has agreed to discuss the possibility of a surprise “Chinese incursion” after former defense minister Mulayam Singh Yadav stated on Tuesday that he had definitive information supporting such a scenario taking place “soon.”

“It [China] is completing preparations for an attack… it is going to attack soon… the attack may come anytime,” he said during the winter session of India’s Parliament on Tuesday morning.

“China is laying claim on several of our states including Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand besides the Ladakh Region,” he said. “China is encroaching on our land and we are doing nothing.”

Yadav, who is now the leader of India’s Samajwadi Party, used the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict as the backdrop for his allegations and warned the Indian government to keep this aggression in view going forward.

“China has invaded India in 1962 too and grabbed lakhs of kilometers of our land,” he said during zero hour of the meeting when he was allowed to speak. One lakh equals 100,000. “Lakhs of kilometers of Indian territory are still under Chinese occupation and our subsequent governments have not been able to take that back.”

Yadav did not provide any supporting evidence to substantiate his claims of a looming Chinese invasion, except to point out that China has built four and eight-lane highways along its territory close to the Indian border.

He also said that recent remarks by India’s Chief of Army Staff General VK Singh regarding China’s infrastructure development near the Indian border validated his statement.

“China is doing a great amount of infrastructure development, which it says is for locals of the area. No bones about it, no crib about it. But our problem is we are not very sure about the intentions. And when intentions change, with this capability, things can go wrong. And that is what is a matter of concern,” General Singh said.

The general also said that a repeat of the 1962 aggression was “never” possible.

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11 Responses to Former Indian Defense Minister Warns of Imminent Chinese Attack

  1. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    Yeah, a retired minister spouting off and wanting funding from Parliament. China has too much to lose to invade parts of India. If it did the regional shocks would be immense. It isn’t going to happen, and the two countries already have several dialogue platforms in place to prevent any escalation. – Chris

  2. Raj says:

    Bravo Yadav! someone needs to do something and not sit n watch. its disgrace for the govt of India to leave aside this threat and it shows how shallow their mentality were.

  3. The_Observer says:

    I would agree with you. I can’t believe the Indian government is taking the former minister seriously. It’s no way imminent. Firstly, if the former indian Defense Minister hasn’t noticed, there is still an ongoing global financial crisis while China is trying to re-engineer her economy. Secondly, China hasn’t finished the alternative southerly energy routes passing through Pakistan and Myanmar. Lastly, the Chinese Navy is not yet ready yet to enter the Indian Ocean big time to secure the Straits of Malacca. The PLAN presently is concentrating on building up her S. China Seas defenses. When the Chinese navy is ready to station naval vessels on an ongoing basis in the Indian Ocean, that would be the time for India to worry. Even then, unless China is provoked, I don’t think she would start a war with one of big export markets.

  4. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    Sino-India bilateral trade is worth about USD60billion this year, and is set to grow at about 20% per annum the next decade. The regional implications if China did anything in India would be massive. Asian trade partners would boost military spending, trade would fall off, infrastructure projects would be put on hold and ASEAN could collapse. Let alone the US sending warships into the Bay of Bengal, the Sea of Japan and the South China Sea. The cost to China would be enormous in terms of lost trust, trade and regional strategy.
    Guys like this are sabre rattlers doing it for their own vested interests. I very much doubt Madam Nirupama Rao is impressed.

  5. Ijaz Jabbar says:

    @ Cris

    Very well said and very well put. I stand by cris on that complately.

    And further, with America even supporting India for UNSC and all other 3 countries is along with India on dock, its the rarest possibiliy china what to attack India.

  6. Deek says:

    He is one stupid ex-minister whose party is losing ground. Not many people listen to him…so its his new tactic to get some media attention. Who made him defense minister in earlier govt in the first place?

  7. Chris, I partly agree with you. But China will attack if it thinks INTERNATIONAL environment is favourable to it or if US/Russia rivalry gets hotter as in 1962 bay of pigs.It attacked Vietnam and India to “teach them a lesson” and if it thinks India is weak in its defenses or if there is a massive uprising in Tibet due to new Dalai lama being imposed, it can do sabre rattling. But the $60 billion trade beneficiaries in China have still not got voice in the Communist party structure.

  8. jyong says:

    I have been to China several times for business for the past few years. I took these travel opportunities to talk to quite a lot of Chinese about what they thought about India. In almost all instances, the Chinese never once felt India is a threat to anybody. The Chinese are only interested to do business with India and focus on improving their own standard of living. India may continue to arm itself to the teeth with foreign arms import and in so doing neglecting the poors and in the process somehow also slow down the development of India into a prosperous country.

  9. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    USD60 billion hasn’t got a voice within the CCP?

  10. Samind says:

    I agree that cost to China could be high if it attacks India, atleast geopolitically and economically if not militarily. Its more proactive policy since 2009 makes it a possibility if not likely.

    Lastly, Mulayam singh is a bit player now in India’s largest and poorest (almost) state…and has no role in the centre as of now. For him to state what he did should be taken seriously and investigated. He is a pro-muslim leader, his sources might be somewhere in some jihad factory…but all this is conjecture.

    All I know is that he has no motive to ‘mislead’ the govt as he is not an interested party….as far as I know.

  11. CanucKapoor says:

    Is he really not an “interested party?” One of the other things he said that day was, to the effect, that the roads HE built as defence minister (politician takes credit for good works) are now lying in deplorable condition today (politician blames on others for things gone wrong). It’s just another attack on the govt by an opposition leader. And judging by some comments on this board, Mulayam really knows his Indian voters’ mindset.

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