Amid constant tensions between India and Chin along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in Ladakh, Chinese troops attempted a new manoeuvre, seen as “loudspeaker” tactics for a possible distraction or bringing down the morale of Indian forces.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China played Punjabi songs on the Finger 4 at the northern banks of the Pangong Tso, a report by media.
Finger 4 is the area where Indian forces gained dominating positions on 29-30 August after witnessing Chinese attempts of incursion.
On the southern banks of the lake, the loudspeakers installed by the Chinese army told Indian forces in Hindi that the move to deploy forces at these heights in winters was futile.
Sources said that India is constantly watching the Chinese ‘loudspeakers’ move. The idea behind this could be a possible distraction or “relieve the pressure”, they said.
Meanwhile, Beijing on 16 September said it had been “honouring” agreements signed with New Delhi, adding it was committed to “peace and stability” in the border region.
“For the Chinese side, we have been honouring the agreements signed between China and India. We are committed to peace and stability in the border area. Meanwhile, we are committed to our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
India, China fired at each other thrice in 20 days
“The first incident happened when the Indian Army preempted the Chinese attempt to occupy heights near Southern Bank of Pangong lake between 29-31 August while the second incident occurred near Mukhpari height on September 7,” Indian Army sources said.
The third such incident happened on 8 September near the northern bank of Pangong Tso, when troops from the Chinese side were ‘very aggressive’ and both the sides fired over 100 rounds. the incident took place when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was in Moscow to meet his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
The ongoing standoff between the militaries of India and China began in May when the communist state began amassing troops along the LoAC. In June, a violent clash broke out in Galwan, which resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and severe damage on the Chinese side. While India and China have held several rounds of military-to-military dialogue, as well as diplomatic dialogues, the talks have not yielded any outcome.