The world’s two most populous countries are prepared to dispatch forces to the Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh regions.
Relations between the two nations have been strained since war between the superpowers broke out over the disputed areas in the 1960s.
But a source within the Chinese military told the South China Morning Post the People’s Liberation Army will aim to limit any conflict to the level of skirmishes.
He said: “The PLA will not seek to fight a ground war with Indian troops early on.
“Instead it will deploy aircraft and strategic missiles to paralyse Indian mountain divisions stationed in the Himalayas on the border with China.”
The source added that top military officials in China could control the conflict and not allow it to spill over into any other territory along the 1,242 mile border between the two Asian giants.
It would be similar to the tense situation in Kashmir – a region claimed by Pakistan and India.
Responding to growing fears Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said: “I agree that some challenges are still there. Some people are targeting our country’s sovereignty and integrity.
“But I am fully confident that our brave soldiers have the capability to keep our country secure, may it be challenges on the eastern or western border.”
Any conflict between the two superpowers would add to an increasingly tense situation in Asia.
In July, North Korea provoked the US to issue several threats against Pyongyang after Kim Jong-un successfully fired two ICBM capable of striking cities in the American heartland.
By: Daily Star
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