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Thursday, 22 October 2020 9.57 AM IST

The bearded man, a new soldier on the battlefield: Is Pakistan Army helping China deal with India's mountain warfare forces at LAC?

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NEW DELHI: A video shared by a Chinese journalist on Twitter is going viral with netizens and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) analysts claiming that Pakistan Army is helping China’s PLA to deal with Indian security forces in mountain warfare somewhere along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In the 52 second long video, a bearded man enters the frame from the right at 0:05. His facial feature is anything but Chinese. The man is also comparatively taller and well-built compared to the other Chinese soldiers.

In June, a Chinese military expert praised India for its expertise in mountain warfare saying its battle-hardened troops are the most competent mountain unites trained for high-altitude warfare.

"At present, the world’s largest and experienced country with plateau and mountain troops is not the US, Russia, nor any European powerhouse, but India,” Huang Guozhi, senior editor of Modern Weaponry magazine wrote.

It might be possible that the PLA has sought Pakistan’s help in dealing with India’s highly skilled and specialised mountain force.

India’s presence at Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, is a testimony to the hardiness of the Indian Army.

One OSINT analyst said that the bearded man can be an SSG commando.

CGTN news producer Shen Shiwei, who shared the video, also said that it is possible that some of these PLA soldiers were standing at Galwan Valley.

In June, Pakistani airbases in PoK came under India’s radar after a Chinese refueller aircraft IL 78 landed in Skardu, a city in Gilgit-Baltistan region. Pakistan had upgraded its Skardu airbase last year.

Another headache for China is the presence of India’s elite Special Frontier Force (SFF) - a special force comprising Tibetan refugees raised after the India-China war of 1962.

On August 29, Indian forces carried out a stealth operation under a thick cover of darkness and occupied critical heights and mountain passes along the South Bank of the Pangong Tso, a glacial lake at the height of 16000 ft.

The daring operation was carried out by the SFF troops who are currently holding 13 critical heights.

As the Pakistani Army has faced the Indian Army in high-altitude regions like Siachen, it might be possible that the PLA is receiving inputs or tips to counter the Indian forces along the LAC.

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