The Indian authorities denies stories that Chinese language folks have used microwave weapons in Ladakh – Scroll.in
The Indian government on Tuesday evening denied reports that the Chinese military had used microwave weapons against Indian soldiers during the border clearing in eastern Ladakh to force a retreat.
The British daily The Times reported on Tuesday that a professor at Renmin University in Beijing had claimed during a lecture that Chinese troops had turned two strategic hills “into a microwave oven” and forced Indian soldiers to retreat. These positions were “retaken” by Chinese soldiers without exchanging gunfire, the professor added, according to The Times.
The newspaper did not confirm these claims.
Later on Tuesday, the Indian Press Information Bureau refuted the report. “Some international news portals have posted misleading headlines and reported unsubstantiated claims related to the border distance between India and China in Ladakh,” the Press Information Bureau said in a tweet. “That claim is wrong, ADGPI [Additional Directorate General of Public Information] made it clear that no such incident occurred. Beware of such misinformation. ”
The stalemate along the line of effective control between India and China has been in a stalemate since May when Chinese troops took control of the area that has been patrolled by Indian soldiers for decades. The first brawls resulted in a no-gun battle in June in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. However, Beijing refused to post casualty numbers on its website. Since then, at least nine rounds of dialogue have taken place between the two countries, but no solution has been found.
The Times report quoted Jin Canrong, an international relations professor, as saying that Chinese soldiers fired a microwave weapon from the base of the hills and “turned the mountain top into a microwave oven.” Microwave weapons are equipped with high frequency electromagnetic pulses or rays that are targeted and cause irritation and pain by heating human tissue as they focus.
The newspaper did not provide details of how Jin might have access to this information, which, if applicable, would represent a major change in the engagement between Indian and Chinese soldiers.
The professor added that the People’s Liberation Army “took the ground beautifully” without disregarding the no-live-shot rule that is part of the rules of engagement between the two countries. “We didn’t publish it because we solved the problem wonderfully,” Jin said, according to The Times. “You [India] also didn’t publish it because they lost so miserably. “
After the microwave weapons were used against Indian troops, they started vomiting within 15 minutes, according to the professor. Unable to stand up, the Indian soldiers soon escaped, and the Chinese forces “reclaimed the ground,” Jin said.
The Chinese professor said in his lecture that India triggered a surprise attack on August 29 by deploying a team of Indian-Tibetan border police on two critical hills south of Lake Pangong Tso, The Times reported. Jin added that the Chinese Western Theater Command “was under a lot of pressure” and wanted to regain control of the positions without firing any shots.
The professor said the Chinese soldiers would not have been able to do this with fighting at an altitude of 5,600 meters. “Then they came up with the clever idea of using microwave weapons,” Jin said, according to the British newspaper.
Some international news portals have posted misleading headlines and reported unsubstantiated claims related to the border distance between India and China in Ladakh. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake. @adgpi made it clear that no such incident occurred. Beware of such # misinformation. pic.twitter.com/EoH4CH3X13
– PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) November 17, 2020
During the Cold War, the United States was concerned that Russia was trying to convert microwave radiation into mind control weapons. The U.S. military has also sought to develop such weapons that can beam painfully loud booms and even spoken words into people’s minds, according to a 2018 New York Times report. This weapon is aimed at disabling attackers and waging psychological wars.
Experts believe these weapons may have caused the symptoms and discomfort that hit over three dozen American diplomats and their families in Cuba and China in 2016 and 2018. The episodes had caused a diplomatic rift between Washington and Havana.
In 2016, over 30 US State Department employees and their families reported hearing high-pitched noises in their homes and hotel rooms near the embassy. These people soon developed nausea and mild brain damage, but authorities were unable to identify the cause.
In 2018, American officials in China’s Guangzhou reported strange symptoms that resembled a concussion or minor brain injury. However, links to the episode in Cuba could not be made.
The US has developed an Active Denial System, which is a “non-lethal weapons program” that does not use lasers as a source of directed energy. The Department of Defense’s non-lethal weapons program also said the “ADS provides a quick and reversible feeling of surface heating that does not penetrate the target.”
The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization announced in September that it would develop targeted energy weapons or DEWs with high-energy lasers and microwaves. The national program is likely to include short, medium and long term goals, with the ultimate goal of developing the weapon variants up to 100 kW, The Times of India reported in September, citing sources.