Updated: June 21, 2020 9:19:30 am
Chances of another clash between Indian and Chinese troops remain high as both sides remain deployed in proximity – eyeball to eyeball – at multiple locations along the LAC. This risk is the highest at Pangong Tso, where latest satellite imagery shows newly constructed Chinese outposts and forward positions. The decision to not open fire during the last encounter has come under heavy criticism and is unlikely to be repeated if another clash takes place.
Under criticism from the Opposition over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that neither has anyone intruded into Indian territory nor has anyone captured any military post, his office has made it clear that the statement pertained to the situation in Galwan Valley after the violent clashes. However, the Prime Minister’s Office acknowledged for the first time the presence of Chinese troops in large numbers at the Line of Actual Control.
The Ministry of Defence contacted manufacturers of bullet-proof jackets worn by Army personnel in forward areas, including in Leh, for “urgent” reinforcement of supplies in light of growing tensions with China. However, a majority of the existing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) use Chinese raw materials, including the company that got the 2017 contract for supplying 1.86 lakh bullet-proof jackets to the Army.
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