|  |  | 

India Top Headlines

India Border dispute with China: India strengthens its military presence at all strategic points in the Pangong Lake area: Sources | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian military has significantly improved the deployment of troops and weapons at all “strategic points” around Lake Pangong in eastern Ladakh following a failed attempt by the Chinese PLA to unilaterally change the status quo in the area, they said. Authorized sources on Monday. .
The Army has also further strengthened general surveillance mechanisms in all areas along the Royal Line of Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh after foiling China’s new attempt to occupy an area on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake, they said.
Hours earlier, Army Spokesman Colonel Aman Anand said the Chinese Army carried out “provocative military movements” to “unilaterally” change the status quo on the southern shore of Lake Pangong on the night of August 29-30. , but the attempt was frustrated. by Indian troops.
The top military and security commanders have already reviewed the entire situation in eastern Ladakh. On the other hand, the chief of the Army General Staff, General MM Naravane, held a meeting with senior military officials about the new confrontation, the sources said.
“The Army has stepped up the deployment of troops and weapons at all strategic points in the Pangong Lake area,” a source said.
Sources said that a considerable number of Chinese troops were moving towards the southern shore of Lake Pangong in an attempt to occupy the area, but the Indian army quickly made a significant deployment to thwart the attempt.
They said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also been told to improve its vigilance on increasing Chinese air activities throughout LAC in eastern Ladakh.
There have been reports that China has deployed J-20 long-range fighter jets and several other key assets to the strategically located Hotan air base some 310 km east of Ladakh.
In the past three months, the IAF has deployed nearly all of its front-line fighter jets such as the Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 jets to key border air bases in eastern Ladakh and elsewhere in LAC.
The IAF conducted nighttime combat air patrols over eastern Ladakh in an apparent message to China that it was ready to deal with any eventuality in the mountainous region.
The IAF has also deployed Apache attack helicopters as well as Chinook heavy lift helicopters to transport troops to various outposts in eastern Ladakh.
China’s new attempt to change the status quo in the Pangong Lake area is the first major incident in the area after clashes in the Galwan Valley on June 15 in which 20 members of the Indian army were killed.
China also suffered casualties, but has not yet released the details. According to an American intelligence report, she was 35 years old.
India and China have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks in the past two and a half months, but no significant progress has been made towards a resolution of the border row in eastern Ladakh.
The two sides began a disengagement process on July 6, a day after a telephone conversation between national security adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on ways to reduce tensions in the east. of Ladakh. However, the process has not advanced since mid-July.
The PLA has withdrawn from the Galwan Valley and some other sticking points, but troop withdrawal has not advanced in Pangong Tso, Depsang and a couple of other areas.
In the five rounds of Corps commander level talks, the Indian side has been insisting on the complete disengagement of Chinese troops at the earliest and immediate restoration of the status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh before April.
The confrontation began on May 5 after violent clashes between the two armies in the Pangong Lake area. The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in North Sikkim on May 9.
The border dispute between India and China covers the 3,488 km long Royal Line of Control).
Before the clashes, both parties have been affirming that, pending the final resolution of the border problem, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.
Clock LAC showdown: New clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Pangong Tso

Original source