Last week a brutal skirmish erupted between Chinese and Indian forces along the contested border region of northern India and southwestern China. The clash killed dozens of people and dramatically escalated tensions between the two states. Now, it has emerged a leading Chinese general authorised the operation.
General Zhao Zongqi, head of the Western Theater Command, is understood to have approved the operation, US intelligence agencies claim.
A source said the General has overseen previous standoffs with India and is keen to ensure China does not appear weak.
The General is understood to have masterminded last week's clash as a way to "teach India a lesson", the source claims.
The report contradicts China's official explanation of what happened last week.