Chinese Media Thinks PLA Can Annihilate Indian Army. Can They? A Fact Check


The Doklam standoff between Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army started in June. In July, a CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report, tabled in Parliament, said that the Indian Army does not have ammunition to fight a war for more than 10 days.

And, now – in August – China’s state media has said that Chinese PLA can “annihilate” Indian Army if war breaks out between the two nuclear-armed Asian neighbours.

A Global Times – a hawkish Chinese government mouthpiece – article said, “If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region.”

The Global Times article described Indian Army as lying “far behind” in strength in comparison to PLA. It said, “It is a war with an obvious result, as PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be aware of the PLA’s overwhelming firepower and logistics.”

The claim of the Chinese state media calls for a look at how the armies of India and China stack up. According to Global Firepower website – which tracks military strengths of more than 100 countries- India and China are ranked 4 and 3 among 133 military powers of the world.

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