The Indian government's decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile along the Sino-Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh has provoked an angry statement from China, which warns of counter-measures. The People's Liberation Army Daily said the Indian deployment will have a negative influence on the relations and stability along the border, Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.
Last month, the Cabinet committee on security had cleared the raising of a new regiment, which would be equipped with an advanced version of the BrahMos missile. A product of a joint venture between Russia and India and named after the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers, the Brahmos is a supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It can carry warheads weighing up to 300 kg, and strikes targets on land and at sea.
While stating that the missile cannot threaten the deep zones of China, the People's Liberation Army Daily said, “India deploying supersonic missiles on the border has exceeded its own needs for self-defence and poses a serious threat to China’s Tibet and Yunnan provinces,” The Financial Express reported.
Around 100 missiles, five launchers on heavy-duty trucks and hardware and software are part of the new regiment, NDTV reported. The Sino-Indian border has been a matter of dispute as China lays claim on parts of Arunachal Pradesh and both countries have varying versions of the Line of Actual Control that separates the countries.
The report by the PLA Daily also expressed China's displeasure over India's deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Sukhoi-30 jets and said that these developments indicated a "counterbalance and confrontation” policy. "The BrahMos missile could increase suddenness of attacks, including crushing blows on time-sensitive targets like missile launchers and solid targets like command centres," it said.
However, unnamed Indian officials told NDTV, "Our threat perceptions and security concerns are our own, and how we address these by deploying assets on our territory should be no one else's concern."