The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is looking to recruit fresh graduates from different Chinese universities as Hindi interpreters, possibly as part of its intelligence gathering efforts and line interception work. real control (LAC) of the Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the latest information entries have suggested.

According to the contributions, the Tibet Military District under the Western Theater Command plans the recruitment campaign by June this year.

The PLA’s Western Theater Command oversees China’s borders with India.

The Tibet Military District is responsible for the lower half of the CLA, such as areas bordering India’s northeastern states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Xinjiang Military District, also under Western Theater Command, is examining the upper half of the LAC, including areas bordering Ladakh.

Intelligence data suggests Tibet Military District personnel have visited several colleges and universities across China in the past two months to lecture on the career scope of Hindi interpreters in the PLA. .

Intelligence contributions over the past few months had suggested that the PLA was actively recruiting Hindi-speaking Tibetans for its camps along India’s northern borders. There were also comments about the PLA increasingly training its troops in Hindi for intelligence gathering and other jobs.

As previously reported by News18, Indian Army soldiers stationed along the LAC are being trained in Tibetology to further enhance their intelligence acquisition and conduct influence operations tailored to the people of the region.

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The courses are delivered in collaboration with institutions such as the Central Institute of Himalayan Cultural Studies (CIHCS).

Earlier this month, the Indian Army’s Trishakti Corps under its Eastern Command tweeted that it had successfully organized a Tibetology course for a group of Indian Army officers with the caption: “The language is the roadmap to culture…”

As of May 2020, India continues to be in a military standoff with China at LAC in eastern Ladakh.

PLA’S OBJECTIVE: TO RECRUIT TIBETAN

Several intelligence reports since last year have indicated the PLA’s active push to recruit Tibetans into the force as regular troops or into militia units through different recruitment campaigns in varying numbers.

An intelligence service entry in the middle of last year said the PLA had started recruiting unemployed Tibetans from across the border in Sikkim to form a “volunteer militia”.

A later intelligence report suggested that the PLA conscripted about 1,500 Tibetans into a compulsory employment scheme from Yatung County, Chumbi Valley, opposite Sikkim, in August last year and that their training as he year began in September 2021 in Nagqu, Tibet.

A separate contribution last year suggested that after this batch of registrations, the PLA launched another compulsory recruitment drive from August last year to recruit an additional 400 Tibetans from the Chumbi Valley, in line with PLA plans to ensure that those recruited from Phari Dzong and Yatung will undergo a year-long training in Lhasa.

There were no immediate details available on their deployment.

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Another report from last year suggested that the PLA had recruited around 3,000 Tibetans from poor families as “regular troops” in the Kham and Tibet Autonomous Region. According to the report, some of them could also be assigned to the Chinese People’s Armed Police (PAPF), reports suggest.

In December last year, an intelligence report said that the PLA was carrying out publicity campaigns for a special recruitment drive to enlist Tibetans, in several areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region such as Gonjo County, Nyingchi Prefecture, Shigatse Prefecture, among others.

However, a later report said that despite the special recruitment drive, the response was not encouraging.

The report suggested that there were about 7,000 active Tibetan servicemen in the PLA, of which about 1,000 Tibetans, including about 100 women, were drafted into special units of the Tibetan army. However, after their training, according to the report, they were deployed to the five militia units in Rutog, Yatung and other parts of the Tibet region in small teams.

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