India frontier governor calls China “major military threat”November 4, 2011
Himachal Pradesh is a far northern Indian state, nestled high in the Himalayan mountains and sharing a border with Chinese occupied Tibet. The governor of Himachal Pradesh is concerned about Chinese militarization of its far west regions. China and India have already fought one war (the 1962 Sino-Indian War) and several skirmishes over their ill defined borders in the Himalayan region, and as China continues to militarize the high altitude regions, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal fears a replay of the unpreparedness that led to defeat in the 1962 war:
Speaking at the National Development Council (NDC) meeting here, Dhumal said “India faces a major military threat from neighboring China and the Indian Army should be made fully capable of fighting in the tough terrain hilly regions. And with this objective a separate army regiment drawn from youths of hilly areas should be set up in the army so as its soldiers are well conversant with tough geography and topography of the region and are also prepared mentally and physically to encounter the enemy in this region”, Dhumal said. He requested the central government to make suitable provision for setting up the Himlayan Regiment in the 12th Plan.
US forces, with a decade of experience of high altitude combat, would be uniquely qualified to aid Indian in the training of the Himalayan Regiment. This would be an excellent opportunity for the US to deepen and strengthen our relationship with India