London : Nearly 47 years after they fought a war, the Chinese still perceive India as their main enemy, a British paper has claimed. In an article ahead of the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic, The Sunday Times said: “Not everyone in Beijing speaks in the silky language of the foreign ministry. The enemy most often spoken of is India.

Interestingly, the censors in China permit alarmingly frank discussions on the Internet on the merits of another war with India to secure the Tibetan plateau, the report said.

However, a retired Chinese officer claimed those serving in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have no “devotion” to their country. “Compared with our last war against India in 1962, our equipment is much better but the devotion of our officers and men to the country and its people is much worse,” the paper quoted an unnamed officer as saying.

Even veterans who know PLA from the inside say despite all its shiny new kit, such grandiose ideas mask the reality of a force “that has no recent battle experience and is riddled with corruption”.

The describe a system of bribes ranging from 909 pounds to get a good post for a private soldier to 2,757 pounds for a place at military college, the report said.

Source – South Asia (Mid week), Tuesday, September 29 – October 5, 2009, Issue # 39, volume 9.

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