Tensions along the Sino-Indian border in Ladakh heightened today when India sensed that China had been steadily increasing the number of troops on the Line of Actual Control in Lake Pangong Tso and Galvan Valley. With the troop movement, China has given a clear message it is “not interested in de-escalation”, said an army source.
The source said China had put up about 100 tents in the past two weeks despite objection from the Indian soldiers. They are possibly bringing heavy machinery to build bunkers, he said.
Amid mounting tension between the two sides, Army Chief Gen MM Narwane, along with top commanders, arrived in Leh on Friday at the 14 Corps headquarters and reviewed the security situation in the area including the disputed area of LoAC. Military sources said the Indian Army is equalling China’s construction spree in Lake Pangong Tso and Galvan Valley “brick for brick”.
Sources added that India was 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. Sirf News had reported violent clashes between about 250 Indian and Chinese soldiers on the eastern Ladakh border on 5 May. More than 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in the clash. On 9 May, there was a skirmish between the soldiers of the two countries in North Sikkim.
There have been reports of incidents of incursions 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 five meetings over the past week, with the Indian side strongly objecting to the PLA erecting tents in the area. India claims this area to be its territory where at least there should be no escalation until the two countries resolve their border dispute.
India said on Thursday that the Chinese military was obstructing the general patrolling of Indian troops and stressed that India had always behaved responsibly in the matter of border management.
In 2017, there was a 73-day confrontation between the soldiers of India and China in Doklam and there was a possibility of war between two nuclear-capable countries.
There is a dispute between India and China over the 3,488 km border they share. China claims Arunachal Pradesh is a part of southern Tibet while it is an integral part of India.