US intelligence helped India win border clash – media – RT World News
Information shared by Washington would have helped New Delhi repel a Chinese incursion into the high Himalayas
Real-time information from US intelligence on Chinese troop positions helped India repel a border incursion into the disputed territory in the high Himalayas late last year, Washington media reported.
Unprecedented intelligence sharing with the US military, including satellite imagery, has alerted India to China’s positions and strength ahead of a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) incursion, US said on Monday. News & World Report, citing unidentified people familiar with the incident. Indian troops were ready for the ensuing clash in the Arunachal Pradesh region on December 9, wielding spiked clubs and Tasers.
Unlike previous border skirmishes, the incident resulted in no fatalities. Casualties were limited to a dozen wounded, according to the report, and PLA troops retreated to Chinese territory. The intelligence shared was more detailed and delivered faster than anything the United States had previously provided to the Indian Army.
“They were waiting, and that’s because the United States had given everything to India to prepare for this,” he added. the outlet quoted a source as saying. “This demonstrates a test case of the success of how the two militaries are now cooperating and sharing intelligence.” Help reflects “a new era of cooperation between the two powers in recognition of their shared ambitions to repel Chinese expansionism”.
Former Pentagon official Vikram Singh told the outlet that the PLA was in a “probing and testing phase.” He added, “They want to know how Indians can and will react and see what Indians can detect. It’s about China’s preparation for a future conflict.
Chinese officials declined to comment on the reported clash with Indian troops, the outlet said. Tensions in the border region have been high since a 2020 battle that erupted in the Galwan Valley after China objected to India building a road through its claimed territory. This fight would have left 20 dead on the Indian side and four on the Chinese side.
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The new intelligence sharing stems from a cooperation agreement that the US and Indian governments signed following the Galwan Valley incident.