Tension increases in Ladakh as China brings in more troops; India maintains aggressive positions | India News
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NEW DELHI: The Chinese Army is rapidly increasing its troops in areas around Pangong Tso Lake and the Galwan Valley along the Current Control Line in Ladakh, sending a clear signal that he was not ready to end his confrontation with the Indian army any time soon, people familiar with the situation in the disputed region said.
The Chinese side has particularly reinforced its presence in the Galwan Valley, erecting around 100 tents in the past two weeks and bringing machinery for the possible construction of bunkers, despite strong protest from Indian troops, they said.
Amid mounting tension, the Army Chief Gen MM Naravane On Friday, he made a quiet visit to the headquarters of 14 bodies in Leh and reviewed with the main commanders the general security scenario in the region, including the disputed areas throughout LAC, the de facto border between India and China.
Military sources said the Indian army has also been equating itself to the Chinese build-up in both Pangong Tso Lake and the Galwan Valley and that it is in a very advantageous position in certain other sensitive areas of the region.
The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed violently on the night of May 5, which was extended the next day before the two sides agreed to “withdraw” after a meeting. at the level of local commanders.
More than 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were wounded in the violence.
The incident at Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident at North Sikkim on May 9.
There were reports of multiple transgressions by Chinese troops in the eastern region of Ladakh in the last week. However, there is no official confirmation or reaction to it.
In the past week, local commanders on both sides held at least five meetings during which the Indian side noted that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) erected a large number of tents in areas in the Galwan Valley that India felt they belonged to his side of LAC, the sources said.
India said on Thursday that the Chinese military was hindering the normal patrolling of its troops, saying that India has always taken a very responsible approach to managing the border.
At a press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava also strongly contested China’s claim that the tension was triggered by the invasion of Indian forces on the Chinese side.
India’s response came two days after China accused the Indian Army of invading its territory, claiming it was an “attempt to unilaterally change the state” of LAC in Sikkim and Ladakh.
On May 5, around 250 members of the Indian and Chinese army personnel clashed with iron rods, sticks and even resorted to throwing stones in the Pangong Tso Lake area where soldiers on both sides suffered injuries.
In a separate incident, about 150 Indian and Chinese military clashed near Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector on May 9. At least 10 soldiers on both sides suffered injuries.
Troops from India and China clashed in a 73-day standoff at the Doklam crossing in 2017, even raising fears of a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
The border dispute between India and China spans the 3,488 kilometers long LAC. China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet, while India disputes it.
Both sides have been asserting that, pending the final resolution of the boundary problem, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.
China has criticized the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir in India, and has particularly criticized New Delhi for making Ladakh a Union territory. China claims various parts of Ladakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first informal summit in April 2018 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, months after the Doklam clash.
At the summit, the two leaders decided to issue “strategic guidance” to their armies to strengthen communications so that they can build trust and understanding.
Modi and Xi held their second informal summit in Mamallapuram, near Chennai, in October last year, with the aim of further expanding bilateral relations.