China used microwave weapons in August to shock Indian soldiers, which forced them to leave their posts – at least that’s what Beijing expert Jin Canrong said in a lecture that was leaked to the world infosphere thanks to The Times, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. The Indian side denies these revelations, describing them as unfounded.
The “Secret Weapon”, in which commentators spot the exposed millimeter radio wave emitter Poly WB-1, first unveiled at the Zuhai air show in 2014, was intended to turn Himalayan peaks into a “microwave oven.” The emitter is said to be able to affect distances of up to a kilometer and, according to Jin Canrong, caused Indian soldiers to feel unwell and vomit.
The impact of microwave weapons on humans is also often compared to the feeling that one has when touching a hot light bulb, and in fact this weapon works on the principle of heating water in the human body. All this was to make staying in the mountain bases unbearable for the Indians and they left them, and some were even lowered on ropes. Jin Canrong described the cooking of Indian troops as a “beautifully done” operation that cleared the disputed area of enemy troops without breaking the reciprocal agreement between the PRC and India.
The whole event was supposed to take place in August, and therefore only weeks after the June “Battle of Grunwald” between soldiers of both countries, with bare fists and white weapons. 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese were killed in these clashes [the PRC did not disclose its losses]. However, Indian authorities and military forces describe these revelations as unfounded and untrue. Indeed, there is no evidence of the use of microwave weapons by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and the only photos are Indian soldiers lying on the ground, wounded or sick. However, they could have found themselves in such a state as well after a hand-to-hand fight with the Chinese or as a result of the harsh conditions in the Himalayas.
Until now, it was believed that the Chinese incorporated the WB-1 systems into their Navy. Similar systems – Active Denial System – were also introduced by the Americans, who even took them to Afghanistan, but eventually withdrew them without a single use against humans. Should the information about the use of microwave weapons be confirmed, it would be the first militant use of directed energy weapons in history, as well as part of a further escalation of tensions between the two Asian nuclear powers. However, the whole information fits in a different scenario – the flexing muscles by the PRC, which are trying to present to the world its military and technical power.
How did the conflict between India and China start in June this year?
On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the area of the Galvan River in the Union territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, no firearms were used – sticks and stones were used. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed, 76 wounded, sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.
The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes took place in early May with the participation of about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. Subsequently, India and China said they were making efforts to maintain stability.
The Sino-Indian confrontation on the border
The Sino-Indian confrontation on the border has been gaining momentum lately. In mid-June, it was reported that clashes between the military of both countries led to casualties for the first time in 45 years. At the same time, it is impossible to reduce the degree of tension, despite the active negotiation process.
The conflict is taking place in the highland region of Aksaychin, located on the border of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Pakistan and India. This territory is under the control of China, but India disputes this situation and includes this region in the union territory of Ladakh.
The stumbling block for the parties is the issue of ownership of the mountainous territories in the north of Kashmir and part of the Indian state of Archunachal Pradesh. This dispute became the cause of the border war in 1962, as a result of which a line of de facto control appeared in Aksaychin. Then India lost part of its lands in the Himalayas.
And although the parties entered into a settlement agreement, the claims still exist: China is still trying to gain control over 3.5 thousand square meters. km in the Indian Archunachal Pradesh, and India accuses Beijing of illegal occupation of more than 43 thousand square meters. km in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Various skirmishes between Chinese and Indian border guards on the disputed land occur regularly. However, in May they became especially intense due to the buildup of the contingent, first by Beijing, and then by New Delhi.
During the clashes between the military on June 15-16, the dead appeared. The Indian side officially confirmed the deaths of three of its soldiers, while the Chinese did not provide any information. The Indian agency ANI, citing sources, wrote that as a result of the clash, India lost at least 20 military personnel, and the Chinese side – 43 people killed and seriously wounded.