Indian forces told be fully ready to give befitting reply to any Chinese misadventure in eastern Ladakh and other sectors. A bridge has been completed on the Shyok river in Eastern Ladakh area, very close to Shyok-Galwan rivers’ meeting point. It is not on the track moving to Patrolling Point 14: I:
China meddling increased the number of troops and weaponry in various key sectors along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.
The increase in military build-up by China along the LAC, the de-facto border between the two countries, came amid bilateral diplomatic and military talks.
Senior military commanders of the two armies on Monday held a nearly 11-hour meeting during which they arrived at a ‘mutual consensus’ to ‘disengage’ from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh in a gradual manner.
The two sides on Wednesday held diplomatic talks under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs
Easter Ladakh face off and clashes between two armies is matter of concern. Chinese activities are being faced at Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, the two armies are locked in a standoff in Demchok, Gogra Hot Spring and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh.
China ramped up 30% of its troops presence in Pangong Tso, Galwan valley and many nodal points in eastern Ladakh even as it is engaged in military and diplomatic discussion with India to ease tension in the region.
Chinese military has also deployed a sizeable number of its troops in Galwan Valley, the site of the violent clashes on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
The erection of a surveillance post by China in the area had triggered the clashes. However, Chinese troops have again put up some structure around patrolling point 14 in the area, notwithstanding India’s stiff opposition, they said.
China has been laying claim over Galwan Valley though India called it ‘untenable’.
A sizeable number of Chinese Army personnel transgressed into the Indian side of the LAC.
Chief of Army Staff is expected to return to the national capital on Thursday.
‘General M M Naravane #COAS visited forward areas in Eastern #Ladakh and reviewed the operational situation on the ground. #COAS commended the troops for their high morale and exhorted them to continue working with zeal and enthusiasm,’ the Army said in a tweet.
The sources said India is also bolstering its military presence along the 3,500 km LAC with China.
On Sunday, the government gave the armed forces ‘full freedom’ to give a ‘befitting’ response to any Chinese misadventure along the LAC.
Indian Army has too sent thousands of additional troops to forward locations along the border in the last one week.
IAF placed number of its frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache attack helicopters to various key air bases including Leh and Srinagar following the clashes.
Eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on May 5 and 6.
The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.