Terming India’s proposal of “massive up-gradation” of defence infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border as “bold moves”, Beijing on Thursday said it implied that New Delhi was “starting to treat China as a de facto competitor”.
Calling it India’s repositioning of its national security strategy, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said it would be the largest such mobilisation since the Sino-Indian border clashes of 1962.
Reacting for the first time to reports of Indian defence infrastructure upgrade, the PLA daily said within five years, India looked set to 90,000 more soldiers and raise four new divisions along its borders with China.
The Chinese military daily also noted that India was in the final phase of choosing a new fighter for its air force. Referring to New Delhi’s decision in October to deploy BrahMos cruise missiles against China, the daily said this would be “the first time it has taken such a step with offensive tactical missiles”.