China deployed army in 'large numbers' at disputed border

C Manas Chafekar

C Manas Chafekar

Today, Kangana Ranaut took to Twitter to record a video and pay tribute to the Indian Army who were attacked by the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley.

This was not the first time that Chinese forces have acted in this manner.

India has deployed more than 36,000 troops along a disputed Himalayan border, according to local sources.

One week after a deadly border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in Ladakh, in the Kashmir region, new satellite images show Chinese structures have been built and that there are vehicles in the area. But "both on the Ladakh and NEFA fronts, Indian troops" were continuing, the paper stated, "to fight heroically in the face of overwhelming odds", having been "heavily outnumbered" and facing an "overwhelming superiority in fire power".

After negotiations which lasted almost three weeks were resolved on May 5th, both sides withdrew their soldiers.

Chinese ambassador to India Sun Weidong.

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The Prime Minister's Office scrambled to issue a clarification but the Congress interpreted this to mean Indian territory had been ceded to China.

Following the violent face-off, Foreign minister S Jaishankar, in a strong message to Beijing, had told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last week that what happened in Galwan valley was "pre-meditated" and "planned action" by China which was responsible for the sequence of events.

Before 2020, there was 1962, which is back in the spotlight in the wake of the India-China clash in Galwan Valley and the standoff at Pangong lake.

Fighter jets have become a common site in the skies above Ladakh. The paper had commented that "Chinese reasonableness, if it is possible to conceive of such a thing, will be made evident not by talking of peace but by resolute action...."

The neighbours have blamed each other for the high-altitude battle. Though reports claimed casualties on the Chinese side as well, Beijing is yet to make an official statement on the same. "Whatever activities we may be carrying on have always been on our side of the LAC, so the Chinese need to stop activities to alter the status quo", he added.

But, despite all of the above, India has not stopped its construction work in the area, and has even sent in nearly 1600 workers to accelerate the road projects on the disputed border.

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The valley, part of a region claimed as part of Xinjiang by China and Ladakh by India, is cold and inhospitable, draped in snow with temperatures around freezing, even in summer. India said 20 of its soldiers died.

He also said that India is changing it Rules of Engagement (RoE).

Srivastava said, "This is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements", referring to treaties that include a 1993 one that dictates that both sides will maintain limited border deployments.

Subsequently, the senior commanders met on June 6 and agreed on a process for de-escalation and disengagement along the LAC that involved "reciprocal actions", he said.

Gen. Naravane was in Ladakh on a two-day visit and oversaw operational preparedness while Mr. Singh returned on Thursday after a four-day visit to Russian Federation.

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