04 Sep 2017/Monday
The quality of psychological war or propaganda by China during recent Dokalam Standoff has raised a serious doubt over PLA’s capability to undertake non kinetic warfare against its adversary. While Doklam has been resolved for now, recent media coverage from China exposes the hollowness of its military ‘exercise’ claims. A deep analysis of Chinese propaganda shows cheap Photoshop work by the Chinese government agencies.
In the last phase of the Doklam resolution, hectic activities of PLA live fire drills in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and the Indian Ocean were beamed relentlessly across the world to project, how the mighty PLA was preparing for ultimate show-down. The shrill commentary following these live fire drills was linked to ongoing standoff between India and China. The substance of PLA’s arguments was that, since India had dared to stand up to Chinese activities in Doklam and therefore, should be made to pay the price.
Western military experts monitoring the development are now convinced that Chinese soldiers were using only “blanks” and had no plan other than to “fire blanks for the propaganda arms of the Chinese Government ” like the Global Times, China Central Television and even the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua.
The Intelligence reports prove that, the weapons shown, the canisters for missiles, and their launch positions did not even remotely match those of actually deployed in Tibet. There is no shortage of vast open lands with mountainous background in China and the shots can be from anywhere and anytime in the past.
The exercises shown might have some elements of Tibet in them, but may also be dated or taken from some recent exercises in the Northern Theatre Command (NTC) bordering Mongolia and parts of the Western Theatre Command (WTC) bordering the Central Asian Republics.
Similarly, all the live fire drills of PLA Navy having carried out live strikes needs to be looked at with suspicion. Was the scale of live exercises so small, that the standard procedure of informing neighboring countries about an impending exercise was not taken by China? As a standard practice, when some exercises involving live fire drills take place, commercial traffic within the area of exercise and around it is warned of such an exercise. In the instant case, total silence!
The most hilarious part of the propaganda is that so-called exercises in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) proved to be a very clear and unprofessional ‘cut and paste’ job dating back many years from across China. Western strategic affairs experts, as well as some based in Pakistan, have confirmed that the so- called naval exercises were a routine matter for most navies in the world. However, the propaganda arm of the PLA thought; it would be able to scare India away with its cheap cut and paste job of pirated Photoshop software. Like many other Made-in-China items this too failed.