India-China border dispute: What options are available to India to restore status quo ante on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the region?
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Ladakh Friday for a review of the situation. Accompanied by Army chief General MM Naravane and Northern Army Commander Lt General YK Joshi, Singh will interact with troops and will be briefed by military commanders.
There have been 382 ceasefire violations (CFVs) recorded on the LoC in May and 302 in June so far, rising sharply from 221 and 181 CFVs recorded during these months last year.
Ever since a brawl on September 11 last year – 10 Indian security personnel were injured in the incident -- the Chinese side has been attempting to block Indian patrols from proceeding towards Finger 8 on the north bank of the lake.
A senior government official told The Indian Express that the armed forces had been given a “free hand” to deal with the situation and sufficient troops, military equipment and material have been moved to various areas along the 3,488-km-long disputed border with China.
This has led to apprehensions that the Chinese are asserting their claims and conveying their disinclination for restoration of status quo ante in the area.
Around 30 km south-east from the important airstrip of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), the Chinese army has moved and deployed in large numbers up to a place called Y-junction or Bottleneck on the Depsang plains.
An official told The Indian Express that the Monday meeting at Moldo built on the understanding reached at the previous meeting of the Corps Commanders on June 6, and involved detailed discussions on “all the friction areas,” i.e., Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Pangong Tso areas.
India pressing for return of troops to locations before build-up
The circumstances of the death of the 20 soldiers have increased chances of an escalation into a military conflict on the LAC since adherence to old protocols and SOPs will now be very hard to enforce.
“The military talks can be expected to be held in the next 4-5 days, say next week,” an official said.
India-China Galwan border dispute: Army officers confirmed most of the soldiers in that group which clashed with the Chinese soldiers were carrying their personal weapons, and had ammunition on person.
Talks at the Major General level between the two sides were held in a very tense environment where both sides discussed the incident.
India-China Galwan faceoff: The talks, however, have not yet led to further disengagement or de-escalation at various faceoff locations on the Ladakh border.
Funds had always been a major issue for the raising of the strike corps, even when the initial raising expenditure of about Rs 65,000 crore was not additionally allocated but considered to be a part of the normal budget.
The government, meanwhile, has asked all military units to be in a state of high readiness – on operational alert – for any deployment in light of the high tension on the China border.
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The last military skirmish between India and China took place at Nathu La in September 1967. Before it escalated to artillery guns and threats of fighter jets, there was a scuffle between the soldiers of the two armies.
This unprecedented and dangerous turn to the de-escalation efforts on the LAC set the lines working in the two capitals.
India-China violent faceoff: The Army said there were casualties on both sides. Beijing was silent on PLA losses. This unprecedented and dangerous turn to the de-escalation efforts on the LAC set the lines working in the two capitals.
The creation of Ladakh as a Union Territory, after the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, is being used by the Chinese as a pretext for the breakdown of existing border agreements.
Addressing a Maharashtra Jan Samvad virtual rally on Monday, Rajnath Singh also slammed the Congress for targeting the government on the border issue and said he would make a statement in Parliament and “not mislead the people”.
In first remarks after the marathon meeting Saturday between Indian and Chinese army commanders at the Chushul-Moldo border point, the Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said it “took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere”.
India-China border dispute: There is mobilisation of a significant number of Chinese soldiers and military equipment in some areas on the LAC in Ladakh.
The Indian agenda for the meeting, an official said, centres around restoration of the status quo ante on the LAC to April-end -- before China diverted its forces from an ongoing military exercise towards the Indian side.