A lot of questions have been raised about the role of China in the Kargil War. In such a situation, let us know with whom Beijing stood in the Kargil war between India and Pakistan.
Indian soldiers hoisting the tricolor after the victory in the Kargil war.
It has been 22 years since the victory of India in the Kargil War. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated in the country on 26 July every year on this occasion. It is believed that the conflict was carried out by the then Pakistan Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf without the knowledge of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. However, Pakistan could not succeed in its plans and the brave Indian Army, sacking it, regained all its posts on 26 July.
Questions also arise about the role of China in this war. It is discussed that China did some such acts from the back door, which shows that it had tried to help Pakistan. However, China has always been saying that it follows an independent foreign policy and does not interfere in the affairs of any country. But given its relationship with Pakistan and then the previous dispute with India, it is difficult to believe the words of ‘Dragon’. In such a situation, let us know what was the role of China during the Kargil war.
China increased patrolling activities in Ladakh during 1999
China has consistently claimed that it follows an “independent foreign policy” and its relations with Pakistan do not affect India. However, during the Kargil War, China’s actions reveal its real intentions and its nexus with Pakistan is exposed. Even though China has consistently said that India is not affected due to its foreign policy. But China started patrolling activities at many places in Ladakh only during 1999.
These three antics of China get information about its role in Kargil war
China first started increasing patrolling activities in Demchok in Eastern Ladakh. It was told that 70 patrol parties of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reached Demchok on 6 June 1999. During this time India started the operation in Kargil.
After this, Beijing started increasing activities in Ladakh’s Trig Heights in the last week of June in 1999. Here the Chinese started building a natural surface track. The move was assessed as an attempt to assert its claim over the disputed area.
China then started making tracks on a war footing in Pangong Tso and soon it was built. This construction continued till the southern bank of Pangong Lake till Spanggur (Ladakh). After construction, the Chinese were able to coordinate both boat and foot patrols in the area.
These three actions by China during the Kargil war give information that even though China spoke of being neutral during the war. But he was busy strengthening his hold in Ladakh amid India’s ongoing war with Pakistan. Apart from this, somewhere along with Pakistan, China was also planning to take major action on India. However, China could not succeed in doing so.
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