Chinese troops used microwave weapons to force Indian soldiers to retreat by making them violently ill during a Himalayan confrontation, a professor said.
The electromagnetic weapons that cook the human tissues of enemy troops “turned mountain peaks into microwave ovens” and made Indian soldiers vomit, international studies expert Jin Canrong told his students in Beijing.
Jin praised Chinese forces for “magnificently” executing the move that eliminated Indian troops without violating a shooting ban along the disputed border.
According to the Times, the weapons were said to have been deployed in late August, weeks after a deadly brawl involving stones and clubs that killed at least 20 Indian soldiers in the worst border fighting in 53 years.
Images that circulated earlier this year appeared to show Indian troops beaten and tied with a rope near the disputed Himalayan border, where China allegedly used a microwave-type weapon to disperse hostile soldiers in August.
The disputed border area between India and China, where at least 20 soldiers were killed in a high-altitude brawl earlier this year
Jin told his students that within 15 minutes of the deployment of the weapons, “those who occupied the hills all started to vomit.”
“They couldn’t get up, so they fled. This is how we took over the field, ”he explains.
Chinese forces decided to use the weapons because the altitude was too high to fight a team of Tibetan mountaineering specialists, Jin said.
Gunshots are banned under an old agreement, although there were warning shots in September during a firefight that both sides blamed each other on.
While the United States has also developed microwave-type weapons, their alleged use by China could be the first against enemy troops anywhere in the world.
Also envisioned for crowd control, the weapon works by heating the water under the skin to painful temperatures that force people out of the area.
China’s so-called Poly WB-1 was first displayed at an air show in 2014 and was reportedly supplied to the Chinese naval forces.
Similar weapons are suspected to have been used against U.S. diplomatic personnel who mysteriously fell ill in China and Cuba in a series of incidents beginning in 2016.
Indian army convoy rolls along highway bordering China in June following deadly confrontation at long-contested border
Indian army soldiers sit in military vehicle after June violence, worst border fighting with China in 53 years
America’s equivalent “heat ray”, the Active Denial System, was unveiled in 2007 and deployed in Afghanistan, but has apparently never been used against hostile troops.
The Pentagon has touted it as “the first non-lethal, directed energy counter-personnel system with greater extended range than non-lethal weapons currently deployed.”
Fears of a political backlash would have contributed to his withdrawal from Afghanistan, although the US government said it respected international law.
News of the alleged use of the weapon in the Himalayas comes as China and India discuss ways to defuse tensions at the rugged mountain border.
Neighbors with nuclear weapons have deployed tens of thousands of troops since tensions erupted during the deadly medieval-style clash in June.
India said 20 of its soldiers were killed in the nightly brawl that reportedly involved up to 900 soldiers, while China acknowledged the losses but gave no figures.
Autopsies have shown that “the main reason for death is drowning and it appears that they fell from a height in the water due to head injuries,” said an Indian official.
Indian fighter jet flies over mountains near border with China earlier this year
The two sides accused each other of having provoked the conflict, while the United States sided with India by offering “its deepest condolences” to the soldiers killed.
The two sides are now discussing a phased disengagement from the border area where temperatures have dropped to -18C, Indian officials said.
“We have a firm disengagement plan on the table, it is being discussed internally on both sides,” one of the officials said.
According to the plan that was shared at a meeting of senior commanders last Friday, the two sides will withdraw from the disputed area of Pangong Tso Lake and establish a buffer zone.
Chinese soldiers will dismantle defense structures on several hilly spurs overlooking the lake and withdraw, officials briefed on the talks said.
India, which has occupied heights on the southern shore of the lake, will also withdraw. Both camps will cease patrolling certain sections.
The two countries fought a full-scale war in 1962 and both continue to claim thousands of square kilometers of territory.
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