Taiwanese media has exposed how Chinese PLA troops are scared out of their wits to take on the mighty Indian Army at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. In a video that has gone viral on social media, around a dozen fresh PLA recruits from mainland China can be seen crying hysterically while they were headed towards Tibet to commit human rights violations and take on the Indian Army along the LAC in the Eastern Ladakh sector.
Through this video, Taiwan was really poking fun at the PLA’s crying soldiers. For several years, China has been trying to weigh down Taiwan with invasion threats and this was the turn of Taiwan to mock the Chinese PLA. Today, the entire world has realised how the PLA cannot really dare to take on an assertive Indian Army. Therefore, Chinese media has come up with an absurd excuse to hit back at the Taiwanese media.
The Chinese State media claims that the video of crying Chinese soldiers is being misinterpreted. The CCP mouthpiece and Chinese Foreign Ministry’s extended arm, Global Times stated, “At that time, they were bidding farewell to their parents and sang the famous military song ‘Green Flowers in the Army’, and they sang ‘Go home when you celebrate your work’, completely contrary to the mood created by Taiwanese media.”
The State-run media outlet further stated that although Taiwanese media report “tried to use all kinds of explicit hints to shape the image of the PLA fighters being ‘afraid of war’, when describing all the key information, the author used vague terms such as ‘reported’ and ‘probable’, which seemed very guilty.”
The lame excuse being put forward by China’s State-controlled media doesn’t really explain things. We understand that the PLA recruits were trying to sing? But what does that have to do with all the sobbing and wailing?
Moreover, aren’t all soldiers supposed to be ‘bidding farewell’ to their families? Now, if the Chinese PLA’s ‘little emperors’ cannot control their emotions while parting away with their families, how will they fight it out when they are posted to harsh terrains and that too in front of the Indian Army’s battle hardened units?
Global Times has actually scored a massive self-goal here by exposing the lack of motivation and emotional strength in the PLA recruits. Make no mistake, such young recruits in particular and the PLA troops in general, will face a horrid time when they are stationed along the LAC.
Chinese troops have no combat experience. Moreover, they are largely unacclimatized for such high-altitude deployments. Temperatures at the LAC along the Eastern Ladakh sector can dip as low as -30 degree Celsius. And while Indian troops are well-acclimatised, Chinese troops generally cut down their presence in the region significantly during Winter months.
This time around the PLA troops are staring into the prospect of a Winter stand off but they aren’t really ready for it. Now, Global Times claims that the young PLA recruits were crying because they had just bid farewell to their families. If that is the case, what will such troops be doing when posted at the LAC? Crying bitterly while missing their families in mainland China?
Before the video of the crying Chinese emperors went viral, as knew that the PLA’s ‘little emperors’ were inexperienced and physically unfit to take on the battle-hardened Indian Army. But now we also know that they are emotionally unfit to even get stationed in inhospitable terrain, leave alone the question of taking the Indian Army. By escalating tensions with the Indian Army, the PLA has really taken upon a challenge itself that it cannot meet, given the weak men in PLA ranks.