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India says China deployed more troops in Ladakh

  • Published at 09:47 am October 2nd, 2021
the Line of Actual Control (LAC) border in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley
Maxar WorldView-3 satellite image shows close up view of road construction near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) border in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley June 22, 2020 Reuters

Thousands of soldiers of both countries face off since April 2020 on the LAC, or the de facto border, including at the glacial Pangong Lake in Ladakh

The chief of Indian Army has said that China deployed a considerable amount of troops in eastern Ladakh and northern front, right up to India’s eastern command, ANI reported. 

However, General M M Naravane also said that Indian troops were “well poised” for any eventuality.

Naravane was on a two-day visit to eastern Ladakh to take stock of India’s operational preparedness at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

“Definitely, there has been an increase in their deployment in the forward areas which remains a matter of concern for us,” he said on Saturday.

He also said that the Indian troops were monitoring the situation across the Line of Actual Control. Based on the observations, the Indian Army is carrying out “matching developments” in terms of infrastructure and deployment, he added.

Thousands of soldiers of both countries have been facing off since April 2020 on the LAC, or the de facto border, including at the glacial Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

Both Indian and Chinese soldiers were killed in a clash in June last year - the first combat losses on the disputed border in more than four decades.

Also Read - India, China to continue dialogue over disputed border

Tensions soared in when troops clashed in hand-to-hand combat in the Galwan valley in Ladakh, abutting the Chinese-held Tibetan plateau.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed, with China suffering an undisclosed number of casualties, and both sides ramped up their military presence, moving men, weapons and supplies to the high-altitude desert region.

Naravane visited the Ladakh frontier within two months of the 12th round of Corps Commanders meeting between the Indian Army and the Chinese military.

Both the countries had said that they had constructive discussion. But, they had not reached an agreement for disengagement at friction areas of Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh.

“Talks keep happening at all levels, 12 rounds have happened till now,” Naravane said on Saturday, according to India Today. “The 13th round is expected soon. I’m hopeful that the remaining points will be cleared soon.”

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