While the entire world was engaged in beefing up measures to combat the deadly coronavirus, China used the situation to fulfill its long-pending wish for becoming a superpower as it ramped up its multi-year coercion campaign against its neighbours.
A report by a top US Congress mandated panel claimed China had “planned” the June Galwan clashes, which resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh.
The annual report on the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) noted “some evidence suggested the Chinese government had planned the incident, potentially including the possibility of fatalities”.
The USCC was formed in 2000 and investigates national security and trade issues between China and the US along with providing recommendations to the US Congress for legislative and administrative action on Beijing.
Not just the clashes at India-China border, the recently-released report also states Beijing provoked military or paramilitaries for clashes with other countries as it accused Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe of encouraging PLA to “use fighting to promote stability”.
While the “motive behind the Chinese government’s provocative behaviour is unknown”, the report attributes the Galwan Valley skirmish along the Line of Actual Control to India’s construction of “strategic access road to support troops”.
However the dragon itself is engaged in building extensive infrastructure and has ramped it up since the border tension escalated along the LAC. Indian and Chinese armies clashed in June this year after the PLA transgressed into the Indian side.
The eight-month long skirmish between the armed forces escalated following the amassing of Chinese troops along the border areas.
Amidst the pandemic, China was being aggressive not just with India but also other countries like Taiwan, Japan, Australia, the UK and Canada.