September 13, 2020

Meanwhile: On the Roof of the World

India is moving 12 steel hulled patrol boats to Pangong Lake, a large Himalayan glacial lake at the center of the current unpleasantness between China and India. The undertaking of this logistical feat is in response to the sudden appearance of numerous Chinese naval patrol boats on the other side of the lake. 

The latter had badly outmatched the Indian zodiac boats, and now there is again parity.  Kind of like Lake Champlain in 1814. 

When looking this up, I learned that there is a Tibetan national army. This surprised me. Then I learned that it is part of the Indian is seen by its troops and India as analogous to things like the Free Polish army of WW2 and it trains for one thing; to fight China. 

There is an overview of the situation from an Indian perspective here. 

Do note that this is where China, "Tibet", Kashmir, India, and Pakistan all meet. This is challenging physical geography and combustible political geography. 

China: 320 nuclear warheads
India: 150 nuclear warheads
Pakistan: 160 nuclear warheads

There is more on this here, here, and here

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