The emergence of a “particularly elite” force of Tibetans in India has caught Chinese attention.
They were gathered in the Special Frontier Force (SSF) – a force that has been in secret for many years due to a lack of confirmation from the New Delhi government.
According to the Indian media, the SFF was mobilized for a three-day “nuclear first-generation” campaign in Pangong Tso Lake and the Chushul valley in the Ladakh region, thereby stopping the plot to take full control of Pangong Tso Lake of China.
“Without in time to control the surrounding high points, China would have taken over the entire region,” an anonymous Indian defense official told the newspaper Hindustan Times.
In addition to the unfavorable attitude towards the Beijing government, the Tibetans in the SFF are in outstanding health compared to the Han soldiers when fighting on high terrain.
With an average altitude of over 3,000 meters above sea level, Ladakh’s topography presents a major challenge for the Chinese military.
“Winter will reach Ladakh by the end of September, the temperature is likely to drop to -25 degrees Celsius. India has deployed up to 40,000 troops in this area,” Global Times gives data.
According to Chinese media, the SFF was first established in 1960, right after the “Tibetan uprising” with US help. The force’s preferred area of action is high terrain such as the Himalayas, where the air is particularly thin.
“China needs to be cautious and prepared for the worst, as India can still order border guards to stay in the area during difficult winter even if it causes non-combat casualties.“, the Chinese regime’s newspaper writes in a manner that both warns and disparages India.
The “experts” of Hoan Cau Times said that 40,000 soldiers in Ladakh are beyond India’s logistical capabilities. “The number of SFF is less than 1,000 and is only used by India as a target for the Indian bullets”, the paper has a hard point of criticism.
Mr. Qian Feng, of the Strategic Research Institute of Tsinghua University (China), supports this point by pointing out that an SFF commander was injured in the latest clash.
“One death and one injury in non-war military operations show that the SFF is not special and elite. They are just cannons for bullets,” he argued.
The Beijing government considers Tibet part of China’s territory and continues to hold claims to South Tibet, which is the Indian-controlled Arunachal Pradesh state bordering Tibet.
Sheet Hindustan Times citing some sources familiar with the military said China was using the “besiege Wei to save Zhao” by sending a large number of soldiers and weapons to the border of Bhutan – an ally of India in the region.
The Chinese media seem to be trying to justify the loss of advantage in Ladakh even though it has deployed a large supply of heavy weapons to the area.
The experts of Hoan Cau Times said that India’s push for diplomatic solutions to cool down tensions is a sign that New Delhi is at a disadvantage, having to apply by diplomatic channel.
This argument is quite strange because, in history, many negotiations have been reversed by military victories.