The Chinese military employed ‘microwave weapons’ on Indian soldiers, causing them to retreat because of intense pain and made them violently ill by cooking their tissues. This was the first known time microwaving had been used on a battlefield as a weapon.
Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Beijing-based Renmin University, China, hailed the troops for “beautifully” carrying out the maneuvers during the standoff in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas.
Speaking to his students in Beijing, Canrong explained how the electromagnetic weapons had “turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven,” cooking the tissues of the Indian soldiers.
He was proud that the Chinese had not violated the ban on guns along the disputed border.
According to The Times, the weapons were used in August, following a brawl involving about 900 soldiers between the two sides, where more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
The weapons acted quickly, Canrong told his students, and within 20 minutes, “those occupying the hilltops all began to vomit,” as reported by the Daily Mail.
‘They couldn’t stand up, so they fled. This was how we retook the ground,’ he explained, adding that the weapons were used because of the high altitude that gave the expert Tibetan mountaineers the advantage.
China’s alleged use of microwave weapons may be the first time such weapons have been used against an enemy anywhere in the world.
Although the U.S. has also developed microwave-style weapons, the Pentagon touted it as “the first non-lethal, directed-energy, counter-personnel system with an extended range greater than currently fielded non-lethal weapons.”
The Active Denial System was unveiled in 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan but apparently never used against hostile troops, reports the Daily Mail.
The weapons heat water molecules similar to the way the kitchen microwave works and target water under the skin, causing an increase in pain depending on the range, which could be up to 0.6 miles away.
The use of guns is banned under an old agreement between the two sides,
The Chinese nuclear-armed neighbors had deployed tens of thousands of troops since June when the fighting erupted.
The use of similar microwave weapons has been under suspicion after U.S. diplomatic officials suffered mysterious symptoms in 2016 in China and Cuba.