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Tension continues on LAC between India and China

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Ground Report | News Desk

Tensions between India and China are not new. The two countries—which share the world’s longest unmarked border—fought a full-fledged war in 1962 and have since engaged in several small skirmishes. Not since 1975 has a bullet been fired across their shared border. As a result, the theory that Sino-Indian clashes are flashes in the pan and unlikely to lead to more extensive fighting has become a widely held consensus.

Recent events, however, suggest that escalations are highly possible. Both sides have substantial—and growing—military deployments along a mostly disputed border. And for more than a decade, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been testing India’s military readiness and political resolve along several strategic areas. Peace can no longer be taken for granted.

There are reports of tension in Ladakh between the armies of India and China. Meanwhile, there were also reports that Indian soldiers were taken into custody by Chinese soldiers. But was later released. However, it has been said from the army that Indian soldiers have not been detained nor their weapons have been taken away from China. The main reason for the dispute between India and China is being told that construction work is done in the border area.

According to media reporta, deployment on both sides has been increased on the border. Negotiations are going on at every level to correct the situation. Efforts are on to resolve the matter at the political, diplomatic and military levels.
No other official statement has been made by the army on this dispute. It was just said that neither the army nor ITBP jawans were detained by the Chinese Army during the patrol nor the weapons were taken away. By the evening, a statement or briefing is expected from the army.

There is no demarcation on the India-China border, so both countries have their own claims about the border. Negotiations have been held at about 20 special representative levels to resolve the dispute, but no concrete result has been achieved. Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have also made efforts to restore confidence on the border, but the situation on the border becomes tense.

Amid mounting tension, Army Chief General MM Narwane also arrived in Leh on Friday at 14 Corps headquarters and reviewed the security situation in the area including the disputed area of ​​LAC with top commanders. Military sources said the Indian Army is also equaling China’s construction in Pangong Tso Lake and Galvan Valley and is in a more advantageous position in many sensitive areas in the region.

Tension on the border between India and China has been steadily increasing for the last few days. Violent clashes between 250 Indian and Chinese soldiers on the eastern Ladakh border on 5 May. More than 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in it. After this, on 9 May, there was a skirmish between the soldiers of the two countries in North Sikkim.

There have been reports of incidents of border violations by Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh several times in the past one week. However, no official confirmation or response has come yet. Local commanders of both sides have held at least 5 meetings in the last one week, with the Indian side strongly objecting to the Chinese army burying the tents. India gets its right on this area.

India said on Thursday that the Chinese military was obstructing the general patrolling of Indian troops and stressed that India has always behaved responsibly in the matter of border management.

In 2017, there was a 73-day confrontation between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Doklam and there was a possibility of war between two nuclear-rich countries. There is a dispute between India and Pakistan over the 3,488 km border.