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China rotates 90 percent of the troops deployed along the Ladakh sector on the border with India | India News


NEW DELHI: It appears that Chinese troops deployed in front of the eastern Ladakh sector have been severely affected by the extreme cold conditions in the area, as the People’s Liberation Army has rotated 90% of its workforce and brought in cool soldiers from the interior.
From the period of April to May last year, China has deployed more than 50,000 troops near the Indian Territory in eastern Ladakh and has kept them there despite limited troop withdrawals from forward locations in the Pangong Lake sector. .
“The Chinese have brought in fresh troops from the interior to replace the troops that had been there for the past year. About 90 percent of their troops have been rotated,” the sources told ANI.
The reason for this rotation may be that Chinese troops deployed in the extreme conditions in high latitude areas have been severely affected by the extreme conditions they face in high latitudes, extreme cold and other related problems, they said.
Even during the deployment at the friction points in the Pangong Lake area, Chinese troops were rotated almost daily at high-altitude posts and their movement had become severely restricted, the sources said.
The Indian Army deploys its troops to high altitude areas for a two-year term and around 40-50 percent of the troops rotate each year. The ITBP soldiers’ stay in these conditions is sometimes much longer than two years.
India and China have been deployed to each other in a big way in eastern Ladakh and other areas along the Royal Line of Control since April-May last year and have indulged in various clashes caused by Chinese aggression there. .
After the initial Chinese aggression, the Indian side also retaliated vigorously and ensured that all locations were kept under control. After that, India surprised the Chinese forces by occupying the strategic heights on the southern shore of the lake from where they dominated the Chinese deployment there.
Both sides agreed to leave their respective positions in the Pangong Lake area and stop patrolling there earlier this year. However, the troops withdrawn from these places have remained very close to both sides and advanced deployments from both sides continue there.
Since early summer this year, Chinese troops have returned to training areas from where they were diverted to the Indian front last year. The Indian side is closely monitoring the situation.
The Indian army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, has frequently visited the Ladakh sector and led ground formations to address the situation. The China Study Group, which includes National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, has also been giving suggestions on how to handle the situation and also directions and positions to take during talks with the Chinese.

Times of India