Army focuses on training its personnel in Mandarin
A series of measures have been taken to improve its internal expertise in Mandarin with the aim of
junior and senior commanders to engage with Chinese military personnel as the situation warrants, sources within the security establishment said Sunday.
They said various Mandarin courses are offered at language schools in the Army’s Northern, Eastern and Central Commands.
The Indian Army also uses AI-based solutions for translating various scripts or literature into Mandarin.
“With improved Mandarin skills, Indian Army personnel will be better able to convey their arguments much more convincingly,” one of the sources said.
According to the contributions, the Indian Army now has a large pool of Mandarin-skilled personnel from all ranks including officers and junior officers (JCOs).
The Army recently obtained the necessary approvals to induct Mandarin-trained personnel into the Territorial Army.
“With a recalibration of its strategic outlook towards the northern borders, the Indian Army has improved its Chinese language training and synergistically integrated the appropriate scaling of Chinese linguists into its overall strategy,” another source said. .
The sources said Chinese language experts are a functional requirement at the tactical level and are needed to provide operational and strategic level analysis while meeting future needs.
They said a growing number of Mandarin experts are needed for a better exchange of views and a better understanding of the Chinese PLA’s version of their activities during various interactions such as commander-level talks. corps, flag meetings, joint exercises and border staff meetings (BPM).
The Army has already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU), Central Gujarat University (CUG) and Shiv Nadar University (SNU) to impart Mandarin fluency to its personal.
Simultaneously, internal efforts include increasing vacancies at the army training school in Pachmarhi and the foreign language school in Delhi.
The sources said that proficiency level tests of trained soldiers are conducted by civilian institutes such as Langma School of Languages in Delhi to assess the proficiency level of linguists in line with international standards.
The armed forces have taken a series of measures over the past two years to strengthen overall surveillance along the LAC following the military standoff in eastern Ladakh.
The border confrontation between the Indian and Chinese military erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake areas.
The standoff escalated after clashes in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020.
Both sides have gradually reinforced their deployment by dispatching tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons.
Following a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area last year.
Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the LAC in the sensitive area.