China, India and Russia summit amid border tensions

Moscow, Dec 12: A summit between Russia, India and China is being contemplated amid border tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.

This comes amid Pentagon reports of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) having build up of heavy delpoyment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) .

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide Yury Ushakov has said that the summit of Moscow, India and China can be held in the near future emphasising that the topic of cooperation among these three countries was addressed during the Putin-Xi meeting held on Wednesday.

Presidential aide said that the topic of cooperation in the Russia-India-China format was addressed in the virtual meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
He emphasised that the two leaders “agreed to continue exchanging opinions in this regard and to endeavour to hold the next summit within the RIC framework in the near future”.

Putin’s virtual meeting with Chinese President comes after Russian President’s recent visit to New Delhi.

Beijing last month deployed long-range strategic bombers to the area. The Pentagon report addressed the current and probable future course of military-technological development of the People’s Liberation Army and the tenets and probable development of Chinese security strategy and military strategy, and of the military organizations and operational concepts supporting such development over the next 20 years.

The report also address United States-China engagement and cooperation on security matters during the period covered by the report, including through United States-China military-to-military contacts, and the United States strategy for such engagement.

The PRC’s national strategy to achieve “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” by 2049 is deeply integrated with its ambitions to strengthen the PLA.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has approximately 975,000 active-duty personnel in combat units. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, border clashes with India, and other significant events in 2020, the PLA accelerated its training and fielding of equipment from the already fast pace of recent years. The PLA also strove to increase the realism of its training and the effectiveness of Opposition Force (OPFOR) units.

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