BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Sunday warned of a possible bid to ‘grab Ladakh and Kashmir’, calling on India to be aatmanirbhar. The remarks came as Chinese President Xi Jinping secured a historic third term in office and congratulatory messages poured in from world leaders.
“With Xi as master of Chinese Communist Party and government, his message is clear: China will threaten Taiwan but do nothing because of US. China will instead militarily attack a soft target westward to grab Ladakh and Kashmir in tandem with Pakistan. US will not help. Let us therefore be ready: atmanirbhar,” the senior politician tweeted.
The former Rajya Sabha MP had recently lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Chinese ‘official’ maps that were released during the SCO Summit. Purportedly, these maps had featured Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh as part of China – bearing Chinese names.
“Modi betrayed India’s national interest by going to SCO meet despite Xi Jinping distributing Chinese map at the event showing Ladakh and …and with Chinese names in the “official” atlas! Final kick to India: Russia has adopted Chinese names in their map!” he had tweeted. He had also opined that India should “be ready to wage war in all feasible dimensions” in connection with the ongoing border conflict.
Xi Jinping secured a historic third term as China’s leader on Sunday, filling his inner circle with close allies and achieving – after a decade in power – complete dominance over the ruling CCP. The party’s Central Committee elected Xi as its general secretary for another five-year term, bringing the country back towards one-man rule after decades of power-sharing among its elite.
He was also reappointed head of China’s Central Military Commission, keeping him in charge of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi is now all but certain to sail through to a third term as the country’s president, due to be formally announced during the government’s annual legislative sessions in March.