China carrying out drives to recruit Tibetans amid border standoff with India

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Drive special recruitment for Tibetans also came after informal efforts by China last year to establish special relationships with the Nepal Army on the lines of their relationship with the Indian army.

 

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials have criss-crossed the Tibet Autonomous Region to hold recruitment drives and to pick up Tibetan recruits who were already at PLA camps.
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials have criss-crossed the Tibet Autonomous Region to hold recruitment drives and to pick up Tibetan recruits who were already at PLA camps.

The Chinese military has increased efforts to recruit more Tibetans in the midst of border deadlock that dragged with India in the actual control line (LAC), holding special recruitment drives throughout the Tibet autonomous region since the beginning of the year, said people who are familiar with developments.

The People’s Liberation Army Officer (PLA) has crossed the Tibetal autonomous region to conduct a recruitment drive and to take Tibetan recruitment that has been in PLA camps, the people quoted above say with anonymous conditions.

There is also a PLA report intends to make a special Tibetan army unit, said people say, citing intelligence reports and communication interception of three separate intelligence agencies. If this is to continue, this will be the first PLA formation consisting of certain ethnic troops, added the people.

PLA officials from Lhasa visited Rudok City in Ngari Prefecture at the Far of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in the third week of February to recruit Tibet as a soldier, according to intelligence reports. The officials then went to Zanda or Tsamda County, one of the tar border countries to choose Tibetan recruitment from several PLA camps for possible induction to special units, the report said.

PLA also reportedly made a recruitment encouragement in Lhasa to induce a large number of Tibetans. This drive is done against the background of the deadlock in Ladakh and PLA is expected to increase more border defense regimens consisting of Tibet, said people.

Security officials in New Delhi have oversaw this development,

which comes during the release process along the LAC has stopped after withdrawal of limited troops, armored and artillery formations on the north and South Bank of Lake Pangong in February.

The latest meeting of the Indian and Chinese military commanders held on April 9 ended without the movement of setbacks at other friction points such as Depsang, hot springs and grivators, although both parties agreed to maintain stability on the ground and avoid new incidents. ,

“This new recruitment drive was held when there was a report that mainstreamed Chinese forces from a lower altitude of facing problems as long as their spread in Tibet. We have intercepted the forces they suffer health problems such as severe mountain diseases and high pulmonary edema,” said An official.

“It is also intended to send messages to India and to Tibet in India,” added the official.

According to reports in PLA every day, the Chinese military has introduced guidelines to prevent troops that serve in the Tibetan highlands from getting altitude disease. “Altitude disease is a common problem that has influenced the troops placed in the highlands for a long time,” said an army officer who was not named as quoted by PLA every day.

Last August, India mobilized the power of special borders (SFF),

A secret paramilitary power consisting of Tibetan ethnic, for surgery to take over strategic height on the southern edge of Lake Pangong. A Tibetan soldier was killed in a land explosion during senior Indian operations and officials attending his funeral – the first recognition of the SFF used along the LAC and the steps that were seen as a signal to China.

People say special recruitment drives are intended to slap Tibet into PLA and not Tibetan militia units, which play a role in patrols, logistics and supply transportation using mules and horses. This militia unit specializes in high altitude operations and their training has also been intensified since last year, according to reports in Chinese media.

Drive special recruitment for Tibetans also came after informal efforts by China last year to establish special relationships with the Nepal Army on the lines of their relationship with the Indian army. The head of the Nepalese army is the same Head of the Indian Army and the same honor given by other parties and Gurkha Nepal’s army serving in the Indian Army.

“The Chinese side made an informal proposal in this matter, hoping to open the door for the possibility of the recruitment of the Gurkha army but it was rejected,” someone who is familiar with developments.

The second person confirmed this problem and said the steps in Nepal and Tibet were intended to open a new front against India.

According to China’s official statistics from 2010, there were 2.1 million servicemen Han, compared to 4,300 Tibetans. The latest numbers are not available.

Tibetan specialists based in India Claude Arpi said the height of the disease or lack of oxygen had become a problem with PLA. Unlike Indian soldiers, most PLA troops are not well trained to adjust to high altitudes, and only local Tibet Scouts can get used to such a height, he said.

“There are repetitive articles in Chinese media on oxygen problems,”

Arpi said, adding that on the Indian side, troops taken from Ladakh or ethnic Tibets are more familiar with high heights and genetically facing fewer problems.

Given the confidentiality with the PLA function, there is little open evidence from China that brings together an ethnic-based unit but the incidence of altitude disease among the border soldiers can be one reason why PLA wants to recruit more Tibetans.

From the aspect of propaganda, the recruitment of Tibetans will be interesting because tar will celebrate 70-year anniversary of what is called Beijing “peaceful release” this year, said Arpi.

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