China Army Back On LOC Point
A sour riot broke out between Indian Army jawans and Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley near Ladakh on the night of June 15-16. This resulted in the death of 20 brave Indian soldiers. China Army Back On LOC Point.
Now, barely 10 days after that incident, satellite images have shown that the PLA has come back to the Patrolling Point-14 (PP-14) area in Galwan and set up a larger base with gun positions trained at the Indian side near the Y-junction of Shyok and Galwan rivers. The rivers are approximately 1 kilometre below PP-14 of the Indian side of LAC.
The Chinese army has also opened a new front in the area near the Depsang Bulge, a table-top plateau north of Galwan. The PLA has also expanded a large number of troops with heavy weapons in an attempt to threaten India’s Burtse camp and Raki Nala areas.
China has ramped up its presence in Pangong Tso, Galwan and other friction points in eastern Ladakh while engaging in military and diplomatic talks with India. As per inputs, the PLA has also deployed a good number of troops at Demchok, Gogra Hot Spring and Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese military has also increased its troop size and arsenal in key areas along the LAC passing through Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.
To ease the tension along the Line of Actual Control in the eastern Ladakh region, talks were held between Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs Naveen Srivastava and Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao on Wednesday.
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“In this regard, it was emphasized that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control,” the Ministry of External Affairs said. While reports say that Beijing continues to enhance troop deployment in the friction areas, the Chinese foreign ministry said the two countries held “candid and in-depth” talks.
“The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the recent China-India border situation and expressed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the foreign ministers of the two countries during their phone call on June 17,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
In an attempt to end the bitter standoff at the LAC, senior military commanders of the two armies, Commander of the 14 Corps, Lt Gen Harinder Singh and Commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin held a nearly 11-hour marathon meeting on June 22.
During the military level talks, a source told PTI that “There was a mutual consensus to disengage. Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in eastern Ladakh were
discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides.” Not taking any chances, the Indian Army has also enhanced deployment at Hot Springs, Demchok, Koyul, Fukche, Depsang, Murgo, and Galwan.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is also on alert and has deployed frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter jets, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar fighter aircraft, Apache attack helicopters and CH-47 Chinook helicopters at the bases close to the border areas. The IAF jets have been regularly carrying out raids in the Leh area.
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