Shocking satellite footage shows that 5,000 Chinese troops have been mobilised, raising fears of a global war amid the knife edge stand-off between India and China.
The crisis has escalated this week as Chinese troops are amassing at the border, and Indian media say that 5,000 Chinese military troops are now on the border.
Beijing’s state-controlled media confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have launched a powerful military response to what they claim, is “India’s illegal trespassing incident.”
India has also placed thousands of troops and artillery weapons along their border with War between the two countries and many others could be imminent.
The US President Donald Trump tweeted, “informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute.”
China has also been accused of expanding their military airbase in the region, as four Chinese PLA fight jets flew across the border this week.
Ashok Kantha, a former Indian ambassador to China and now director of the Institute of Chinese Studies based in Delhi, explained, “This escalation is serious. I don’t think this is just a localised incident.
“China’s behaviour is more aggressive this time, backed up by a fairly large number of troops, which is not typical of this border where troop levels tend to be low on both sides.
“It could be a territorial claim or part of a wider messaging to India that they need to be more mindful of China on sensitive geopolitical issues.”
The border has been disputed and militarised since 1962, after China launched an attack on India which sparked a short war.
The Chinese President Xi Jingping sent a chilling warning to the world as he said, China are now stepping up their preparedness for military combat, whilst attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army and People’s Armed Police Force at the annual session of parliament.
The statement was released by Reuters on Monday after China has seen increased attacks over the coronavirus pandemic.