China used “microwave” pulse weapons to pressure Indian troopers off the Himalayan hills: Report – Mayerthorpe Freelancer
At a border distance between China and India in the western Himalayas, terrifying new weapons have emerged – including the use of a “microwave” weapon that sent a high-frequency explosion through Indian soldiers and forced them back from strategic hills.
Microwave weapons send electromagnetic pulses through their targets that heat human tissue and soon become unbearable, according to the Times.
The nuclear armed Asian neighbors have stationed tens of thousands of troops on the rugged border between India’s Ladakh region and the China-held Tibetan plateau in recent months.
Tensions in the region have been high since June when at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed after being attacked with stones and clubs by Chinese troops. Indian officials say Chinese troops entered a remote valley across the disputed border. China said the actions of the Indian soldiers were provocative.
According to a report in the Times of London, a professor at a university in Beijing said that on August 29, a few months after the first fighting began, China used microwave weapons to gain a strategic area.
According to the Times report, Professor Jin Canrong, who works at Renmin University in Beijing, said two controversial mounds were intentionally turned “into a microwave oven.”
The international relations expert claimed the operation had not been made public at the time for two reasons.
“We didn’t publish it because we solved the problem wonderfully,” he said. “They (India) didn’t publish it either because they lost so miserably.”
“In 15 minutes, everyone occupying the hills began to vomit. They couldn’t get up and fled. That’s how we reclaimed the ground. “
The professor said the Times reported that China was initially unprepared when Tibetan soldiers sent from India moved to the Pangong Tso Lake area on August 29. At heights of 5,600 meters, Chinese soldiers could not function as well as the Tibetans, microwave beams were used instead.
“At that time, the Western Theater Command (the People’s Liberation Army) was under great pressure. These two hills are very important, but we lost them.
“The Central Military Commission was quite angry: ‘How can you be so negligent that India is taking the hills?’ So it ordered the ground to be taken back, but also demanded that not a single shot be fired. “
Soldiers of the Indian border protection forces guard a highway in Gagangir towards Leh on the border with China on June 17, 2020.
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Indian soldiers pay their respects during the funeral of their comrade, the Tibetan Indian Special Forces Nyima Tenzin, on September 7, 2020 in Leh. Tenzin was killed in the recent border battle with Chinese troops on the embattled border with the Himalayas, a Tibetan official said on September 1.
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To end the dangerous military stalemate, India and China are now formulating a plan that includes creating patrol zones, withdrawing tanks and artillery, and using drones to verify the withdrawal of armed forces, Indian officials say.
After months of unsettled progress, the two sides are discussing a staggered retreat from the high-altitude desert, where temperatures have dropped to 18 degrees Celsius, three Indian government officials said.
“We have a firm plan for the withdrawal on the table, which is being discussed internally on both sides,” said one of the officials on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
According to the plan, shared during a meeting of top commanders last Friday, both sides will withdraw from the Pangong Tso Lake area and establish a buffer zone.
Chinese soldiers will dismantle and retreat defensive structures on several hilly foothills overlooking the lake, officials said.
India, which has occupied heights on the south bank of the lake, will also withdraw. Both sides will no longer patrol certain sections.
The 3,800 km long India-China border is not demarcated, and the two countries went to war in 1962.
While there have been recurring incidents over the years, troops on both sides have largely adhered to a long-standing protocol to avoid firing weapons at altitude, despite some warning shots being fired in September.
India’s defense and foreign ministries declined to comment on the details of the recent negotiations.
“If we have something to share, we will share. The discussions are ongoing, ”said Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava.
The three officials said military commanders from both sides could meet within a week for further discussions about the withdrawal.
There was no immediate comment from China, but the state-controlled Global Times quoted unnamed sources that a withdrawal plan was being discussed whereby India would first withdraw troops that had “illegally crossed borders” south of Pangong Tso.
Finding a mutually acceptable withdrawal sequence could be tricky. Indian troops are currently occupying heights on the south bank of the lake overlooking Chinese positions.
“If we are empty from there, there is nothing to negotiate,” said a second Indian official.
According to the plan outlined by Indian officials, tanks and artillery that two sides had deployed after the clash in June would be withdrawn from the front.
They also discussed a way to verify the withdrawal of troops, including using drones over the disputed areas at certain times of the day, one of the Indian officials said.
“If you want to set up buffer zones, verification is key,” the official said.