Since May 5, 2020, Chinese and Indian troops have faced-off along the Sino-Indian border, including near the disputed Pangong Lake in Ladakh and near the border between Sikkim and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Professor Jin Canrong, of Renmin University in Beijing, disclosed last week that when Tibetan soldiers sent by India moved into the Pangong Lake on Aug. 29, the high altitudes were too extreme for Chinese soldiers, so a secret weapon that disperses microwave blasts was used instead.
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He said the Chinese central military commission was furious that India had seized the hilltop area, and “ordered the ground be taken back but also demanded that no single shot be fired.” Speaking to students, the Chinese professor said, a mysterious affliction began to spread among the Indian soldiers. They began to vomit simultaneously and their bodies became weak, so they left their lookout points on the hills, allowing Chinese troops to move in.
According to a report in the Times of London, Professor Jin Canrong said microwave weapons targeted the Indians with high-frequency electro-magnetic pulses that heated the body, causing irritation and pain. He said it was not made public at the time because “we [China] solved the problem beautifully.” The Indian Army rejected the report as baseless and fake, but Canrong said India was just sore about having “lost so miserably.”
Existence of directed-energy weapons (DEWs)
We have known about directed energy weapons (DEWs) for decades, but if Canrong's account is true, this will be the first time their use has been acknowledged.
Chairman of the U.K. Defense Select Committee Tobias Ellwood confirmed, “We know the Chinese have been researching and developing these kinds of weapons in a clandestine way, for some time.” In fact, they may have been used covertly elsewhere.
A United States Foreign Service worker, using the pseudonym Audrey Lee for anonymity, was posted to the U.S. Embassy, Havana, Cuba in 2017. One March evening after dinner she felt an acute stabbing pain in her head. She said it was unbearable, affected her sleep, so much that she could not function. “She looked like a zombie,” her husband told New Yorker magazine. Several more embassy employees then began to suffer. Medics tested them and came up with no cause. The condition, which resembled a form of concussion, became known as “Havana Syndrome.”
Then, in 2018, in Guangzhou, China, another American fell ill—State Department employee Mark Lenzi. Similar to Lee, he was affected by insomnia, memory loss and acute headaches. His wife and children reported symptoms, too. Lenzi had heard about Havana Syndrome and was concerned it was the same thing. Several other reports came in. Marc Polymeropoulos, a secret CIA operative in Moscow, reported waking up feeling “like I was going to both throw-up and pass out at the same time.” Ellwood suspects these victims, like the Indian soldiers, had been hit with some form of DEW. He said, “It’s an indication of how the character of conflict is changing.”
American adversaries use direct energy weapons
Some scientists dispute claims of DEW use saying pesticides or psychological factors may be the cause. An investigation from Daily Mail, however, claims at least two factors point the finger at DEW being used by America’s foes.
First, the American authorities seem to be covering up the cause of Havana Syndrome, which suggests a foreign government might be involved.
Earlier this year, America’s National Academies of Sciences presented a study to the State Department that looked at all possible causes. The State Department has refused to release it. Dr. David A. Relman, a Stanford University professor who is the chairman of the National Academies of Sciences committee that examined the cases said it is “disheartening and immensely frustrating” that the State Department refused to share the report with the public or Congress “for reasons that elude us.”
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Further, the CIA has conducted its own inquiry and is said to have concluded that Russian agents got physically close to CIA operatives who suffered the same symptoms in Poland, Australia, Taiwan and Georgia. According to the DailyMail, “In two cases, operatives of the Russian intelligence service, the FSB, were staying in the same hotels at the same time. So far, though, CIA head Gina Haspel has preferred to sit on the report.”
The second reason for suspecting the use of DEW is more straightforward—it has happened before. From 1953 to late 1979, for example, the Soviets bombarded the U.S. embassy in Moscow with microwave radiation that resulted in numerous American officials having abnormal white blood cell counts, causing severe health problems. Three ambassadors died prematurely from cancer, while what became known as the "Moscow Signal" attack was covered up by the Americans who decided not to tell members of the embassy staff until 1972. The attacks were not revealed to the public until 1976.
A memorandum from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, suggests there was intelligence from 2012 indicating an unnamed country possessed a “high-powered microwave system weapon that may have the ability to weaken, intimidate, or kill an enemy over time and without leaving evidence,” and that this weapon is “designed to bathe a target’s living quarters in microwaves, causing numerous physical effects, including a damaged nervous system.” Short of destroying such a device, the only way to stop it is to jam it.
Ellwood said, “It’s all about taking control of the electromagnetic spectrum.” He referenced the system used in London where once the sound of a gunshot breaking the sound barrier is detected, it triangulates where the noise came from with supreme accuracy. “And, yes, we are developing that sort of capability to use against these new forms of weapon,” he said.
The U.S. State Department is not prepared to release reports on the causes of Havana Syndrome and DEWs. If America is developing more powerful and dangerous versions, that too is being concealed, for now.
Carol King received a first class BA (honors) in History and Politics from Stirling University, along with an exceptional commendation for a study on US public opinion and Foreign Policy. She also completed a year of study at University of London before taking up a Graduate Proctor Fellowship at Princeton University. She further completed a MPhil in American Politics at Dundee University. Aspiring to be a writer/commentator on American politics, she now writes for UncoverDC.