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An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers are now directly involved in near-eyeball clashes at four or five locations on the north bank of Pangong Tso (Tso means lake), Demchok, and Galwan Valley . region, which extend through a broad façade of the current Unresolved Control Line (LAC).
“The EPL has also brought some of its border defense regiments closer to LAC, with at least 5,000 soldiers diverted to the border from an exercise in the region,” sources said Monday.
The immediate provocation for the PLA raids within 1-3 km of what India considers to be its territory was to object to the construction of small connecting feeder roads in the “finger areas” (mountain spurs) on the north bank of Pangong Tso and near the Galwan River
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Some of the intrusions are found in areas such as the Galwan Valley region, which have not been discussion points in recent years. Some analysts have read the Chinese movements in the context of India’s recent decisions to analyze Chinese investments, as well as a warning not to be proactive in supporting calls for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19.
The construction of border roads in recent years that improve India’s military access to remote points in LAC, such as the 255 km Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie Highway, which provides access to the Depsang area and the Galwan Valley while It ends near the Karakoram Pass, it has also been a pain point for the Chinese.
Although the Indian Army continues to maintain a studied silence, it has also moved battalions under the Leh-based 3rd Infantry Division (one division has 10,000-12,000 soldiers) to their “advanced operational alert areas”, with other units replacing them in the ” traditional depth areas, ”as previously reported by TOI.
Sources said there is still no sign of thawing in the “high altitude military stalemate” despite several rounds of “direct talks” and brigadier-level negotiations in Chushul-Moldo and Daulat Beg Oldie (BOD) -Tien Wien Dien (TWD) Border Personnel Gathering Points (BPM) in East Ladakh.
“The decision on how to defuse the situation will have to come from a higher level now, either through unstructured talks or existing bilateral mechanisms between India and China,” said a source.
“Well-coordinated PLA incursions at multiple points, including the peaceful Galwan Valley region, are obviously part of a larger design with orders from the most important Chinese military and political hierarchy,” he added.
Bilateral border issues and disputes are discussed either in meetings between the two special representatives (national security adviser Ajit Doval and his counterpart Wang Yi last met in Delhi in December 2019) or in the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Issues (WMCC), which was created in January 2012.
While bullets have not been fired angrily throughout the 3,488 km LAC since 1976, unlike daily duels between India and Pakistan along the 778 km Line of Control, there is always an inherent risk that something goes wrong in the tense face. offs like the ones currently underway in eastern Ladakh.
Pangong Tso, who has always been controversial, witnessed the violent clash that left several soldiers on both sides seriously injured on May 5 and 6 after the PLA blocked Indian patrols and the construction of a highway beyond the area. ” Finger-2 “.
But ongoing troop engagements more than 110 km away at “patrol points 14 and 15” and the Gogra post areas in the Galwan Valley region, after PLA incursions into perceived Indian territory They have raised concerns in the Indian security establishment.
The PLA has installed between 80 and 100 tents, as well as bringing several heavy vehicles and earthmoving equipment into the Galwan Valley region. Indian positions in the area, some 500 meters away, have also been adequately reinforced, as TOI previously reported.