Chinese army claimed it can reach Delhi in 48 hours, read how Indian defense experts reacted!

Pooja Bhatia

China’s self-proclamation-it is all-mighty when it comes to military power-is hollow. It recently claimed that Chinese troops can reach New Delhi in 48 hrs. That should rather worry us, should it? It is now a laughing stock, as China’s tall claims has very little substance.

China TV reported that Chinese troops would take only 48 hours to reach New Delhi in case of a war. “It would take China’s motorised troops 48 hours and its paratroops 10 hours to reach India’s capital if war broke out,” a Chinese State television channel boldly proclaimed.

The statement has been a butt of joke with the Indians, all over the social media.

People could not control their laughter. It was viral in few minutes, after the news hit the twitter stands.

“Rao Tula Ram Flyover dekha hai? Aur Outer Ring Road? Hahaha. 48 hours, in your dreams,” tweeted someone. “China is 2 confident f Indian road conditions,china wld hv 2 mk roads on its own 2 reach Delhi by which time it wld b 2 late,” wrote another. @spectatorindex China does not know that India’s capital is protected on all sides by massive tactical traffic jams. @Asif_AAP

While some cracked jokes on Delhi’s traffic and India’s weather, there were some who took the ‘threat’ seriously. “Chinese are so inefficient? Indian troops can reach Beijing in under 6 hrs. Problem in both cases is what happens to them once they reach,” wrote a user. “If Chinese Army says it can reach Delhi within 48 hours @adgpi needs to track planning/route(Himachal/Uttrakhand),” another tweeted.

Will China really benefit?

As far as the expert view on the matter really goes, it is a comment totally out of context. It is rather rhetoric. First thing first, there is no real threat to India as far as a war with China is concerned. Their threat is limited to an attack in Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and nicobar island; for their territory conquest. Else, what would they gain by capturing India, who in the past has even thrown hard British rules out of their country. China will not have any war gain- as India is very different culturally and linguistically.  It is a strategy to put pressure on Indian leadership, or to reiterate its support for Pakistan.

Why is it a hollow claim really?

Experts view (source defence update).

‘A Ridiculous Remark Made Without Any Practicality’

Experts and retired army officers were quick to rubbish this as illogical rhetoric, and questioned the logistics of the provocative claim. The ill-thought-out remark shows the level of understanding of the people who’ve made it, says retired colonel Rohit Agarwal. Speaking to The Quint, he breaks the comment down and analyses its impracticality.

For motorised troops to infiltrate the mountainous terrain of the north-eastern border of India and advance further inside is not possible, he says.

If you’re talking about motorised troops, you need to first look at the terrain. Where will those troops come from? All of our north-eastern border is mountainous, so, even if they plan on using that route for their troops, how far can they advance?
– Rohit Agarwal, Retired Colonel, Indian Army

As far as the paratroops are concerned, anyone can drop paratroops anywhere, says a former Indian army commander to The Quint. Putting the situation in perspective, he said:

If it takes their paratroops 10 hours to reach Delhi then theoretically it will take even our paratroops the same time to reach Beijing.
– Rohit Agarwal, Retired Colonel, Indian Army

Agarwal explains that depending on the flying time, and the time taken to prepare, why just 10 hours? One can drop paratroopers anywhere anytime, but what thereafter? What possibilities will they have after landing in foreign territory? Will it be a clandestine operation? If so, what will it lead to? It would then be a full-scale escalation, he added.

You can drop paratroopers in Delhi as and when you like, but what will they do once they reach the ground? So, I think it’s just rhetoric.
– Rohit Agarwal, Retired Colonel, Indian Army

Agarwal says it’s difficult to discern what might have prompted the state channel to issue the remark. But China is always looking to send messages and threats to India or even United States, says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (ret’d).

Further, a former Army commander explains that notwithstanding all the disputes India has with China and Pakistan, the chances of a war are extremely low.

This is nothing but a figment of imagination of the television channel and a matter of who they’re quoting and how. It’s just imaginations running wild and typical punchline reporting by the state channel.
– Former Army Commander