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Chinese troops increased in Eastern Ladakh: Army Chief

Chinese New Border Policy and its effects on India

Ground Report | New Delhi: Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh; After a two-day visit to the Ladakh region, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Makand Nirvana said that China has significantly increased its troop numbers and deployments in various disputed border areas of Ladakh. What has increased is a matter of concern for India.

A few days ago, China had said in a statement that India was pursuing a “forward policy” and the main reason for border tensions was that it was illegally occupying Chinese territory. India has denied the allegations, saying the deployment of troops on the border was the cause of bilateral tensions.

Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh

“There has been a significant increase in the deployment of Chinese troops, which is a matter of concern,” Indian Army Chief General Makand Manoj Nirvana said. The situation in the border area has also remained normal.

General Nirvana added, “The Chinese (troops) have been deployed in large numbers all over eastern Ladakh and the northern front up to our eastern command. Certainly, there has been a significant increase in their deployment in the areas ahead, which is a matter of concern to us. ”

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He said he did not think there would be any “aggression” in the area. “We are monitoring all developments on their part,” he said. We are also developing a competitive infrastructure based on whatever input we receive based on the weather. At the moment, we are fully prepared to deal with any situation. “

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The Indian military chief said he hoped border disputes could be resolved through continued dialogue. He added, “My firm opinion is that we can resolve our differences through dialogue. I hope we can get results through it. We expect that when the 13th round of talks takes place in the second week of October, we will agree on issues such as easing tensions. ”

Earlier, the Indian Army said in a statement that its chief was on a visit to Ladakh to review the deployment of troops in the border areas and preparations for the operation. According to the statement, he met with Indian forces stationed on the border and reviewed the deployment of troops.

India deploys new weapons

Meanwhile, India has for the first time landed an automatic K-9 weapon in the border areas with China in Ladakh. It is said that this automatic machine gun is capable of hitting up to 50 km and its experiments have been started in the region.

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The Indian military chief himself said, “These guns can work even in the highest mountainous areas. Their field trials have been very successful. We have now added a whole regiment of it here, it will be really helpful. “

Tensions remain

 A day earlier, India had rejected allegations by the Chinese Foreign Ministry that India was pursuing a “forward policy” on border tensions and that the main reason for tensions on the border was that India had illegally crossed the line. Actual control (LAC) is trying to cross and occupy Chinese land.

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In response, India had said that the main reason for border tensions was the deployment of large numbers of forces and without a reduction in this number, mutual tensions would not abate.

It is clear from these statements by India and China that efforts to reduce border tensions between the two countries have not made much of a difference and this tension is still largely intact. Many experts also say that in the near future, tensions are more likely to increase rather than decrease.

India and China share a nearly 3,000-kilometer border from northeastern Sikkim to eastern Ladakh. The Line of Actual Control is established in most areas and the border dispute between the two is long-standing.

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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