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Indian Military vs Chinese Military: How They Stack Up

The stand-off between the India and China in the contested Doklam area has snowballed into a crisis of sorts between the two Asian powerhouses.

Bodhisattva Sen Roy | News18.com@insenroy

Updated:July 5, 2017, 3:22 PM IST
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Indian Military vs Chinese Military: How They Stack Up
In this December 22, 2007 photo, Chinese and Indian soldiers jump into mud during a joint anti-terrorism military training in Kunming, southwest China. The two armies are currently embroiled in a standoff in the Doklam area. (Reuters)
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The standoff between the India and China in the Doklam area has snowballed into a crisis of sorts between the two Asian powerhouses. Such confrontation have not been witnessed between the two nations since the 2013 standoff.

The Chinese media has been quick to reference the war of 1962, when the Chinese Armed forces were successful in inflicting severe damage to the Indian forces, prompting Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to say that the ‘India of 2017 is very different from the India of 1962’.

The statement, however, failed to end the posturing from Beijing. "There could be a chance of war if the recent conflict between China and India is not handled properly, observers said, noting that China will resolutely defend its territory and safeguard the border," the Global Times report said.

For decades now, the Chinese Communist Party has been diverting significant resources to expand and modernise the Chinese military. Although late, the Indian government too, has stepped on the gas when it comes to military modernisation. So how do the two forces, two of the largest in the world, stack up against each other?

| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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