Reforms in corrupt PLA can affect Indian Army

Corruption is a gambit so large that it can and does encompass every or any country irrespective of them being democratic or communist. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is going under a long-anticipated reform process according to the South China Morning Post. The reforms are expected to help solve the issues of deep corruption within the Chinese defence forces.

The planned reforms, according to the Chinese leadership, is expected to reorganize the existing seven military zones into four separate commands while cutting about 300,000 troops to lessen the complications of power.

The formal announcement of the onset of restructuring was officially declared by the top military brass at a gathering of leaders involved in national defence and military reforms who are directed by the China’s Central Military Commission.

“I announce that China will reduce military personnel numbers by 300,000,” Xi was quoted as saying in the New York Times. Xi once stated that the armed services were “loyally committed to its sacred duty of defending the security of the motherland and the peaceful life of the people, and loyally committed to the sacred duty of safeguarding world peace.”

The Hong Kong daily explains PLA to be: “The PLA was extensively involved in economic affairs until the late 1990s when the central leadership realised that the army’s profit-seeking operations had resulted in PLA top brass abusing their special privileges and power by promoting their business interests.”

It mentions the instance of senior naval officers conveying warships overseas to smuggle household appliance and vehicles (cars).

The PLA which used to be a peasants’ army once has now grown to perform duties to safeguard a nation so significant, geographical and political as China. Although the country is known to be a strictly regulated nation, loopholes still exist in their administration as well as governance.

The urge to publically mention the need of reforms represents the intensity of the situation in China as the country tweaks and trims its outflow of information.

India can be highly impacted by the repercussions of their rectification. India shares an extensive border with China and that’s where both the armies face each other at large. With the developments taking place in the PLA, it is expected to lead to a better and strengthened military work zone across the border.

A corrupt and comparatively less efficient Chinese defence forces would be easy for India to target in distress, though, if improved to be fitter and better prepared for any contingency. Also, an intromission of power on India can lead to a lower supreme response.

Adding on to the military stress from the other side, Indian border would perhaps come under one Military Areas Commands (MAC) instead of two as today, which will tremendously ameliorate the efficiency of the Chinese ‘border’ forces creating a supplementary burden onto the India forces, which are already sustaining themselves in an adverse environment, unlike their Chinese counterpart.

India has already started working on bringing desired developments in the field to not be on the back foot in the times of conflict.

The Indian Army has a doctrine called ‘Cold Start’ a mechanised infantry, a heavy strike crop to essentially strike against Pakistan in the event of a war. On similar lines to protect its India-China border, they have devised a comparatively recent strategy comprising of “Mountain Strike Corps”.

India is to proceed with the formation of a new Mountain Strike Corps of over 40,000 troops to be deployed along the disputed China border region by the end of 2016.

The infrastructure of the same is yet to be set up. Though once effectively put in place, it would strengthen the north-eastern border of India with China to a great level. This corp will be specifically trained to work and deliver their best in the mountain region.