India-China border: At its peak, there were more than 2,500 Indian soldiers deployed against 1,500 Chinese troops, with around 800 of them from each side locked in a faceoff.
A meeting at the level of Lt Generals to resolve a border dispute on the LAC is rare — all such earlier meetings have taken place at the level of Major Generals and Brigadiers.
The areas of Galwan and Hot Spring, sites for the current tensions between the two armies, do not figure in this list of 23.
The next meeting, sources said, will be between Lt General-level officers from both sides, with the Indian delegation being led by the Corps Commander of the Leh-based XIV Corps.
Many rounds of military talks between Indian and Chinese commanders on the ground have failed to break the stalemate where the soldiers of both sides are deployed against each other on the LAC.
India-China LAC explained: As tensions continue between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a look at what the line means on the ground and the disagreements over it.
India-China border: Highly placed sources said a detailed analysis of satellite images has shown extensive deployment of towed artillery and mechanised elements on the Chinese side, bringing Indian deployments within striking distance.
The military brass is learnt to have apprised the Prime Minister about the evolving situation in eastern Ladakh though officials maintained that the meeting was pre-scheduled and reforms in the armed forces was on the agenda.
India-China border: Lt General DS Hooda (retd), who was the Northern Army Commander during the 2014 standoff at Chumar, says “there is certainly an element of coercion in what the PLA is doing along the LAC.
Sources told The Indian Express that the Army has also increased its presence along the boundary with China in Uttarakhand — part of the middle sector — following reports that Chinese troops have been deployed in increased numbers in the Guldong sector.
At each of these places, around 800-1000 Chinese soldiers have crossed over to the Indian side of the LAC, sources said, at distances of around 2-3 km.
Along with Pangong Tso, where Indian and Chinese troops came to blows earlier this month, Trig Heights and Burtse have witnessed two-thirds of the total transgressions across the LAC.
India-China border dispute: The fact that Indian and Chinese soldiers are in an eyeball to eyeball situation at two places in Ladakh, with strong statements coming from both sides, can’t be construed as a very happy situation.
Nearly three-quarters of the transgressions, data since 2015 show, have taken place in the western sector of the LAC, which falls in Ladakh. The eastern sector, which falls in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, witnessed almost one-fifth of the Chinese transgressions.
The Indian Express has learnt that there has been movement of troops to eastern Ladakh following the continuing objections of the Chinese to the construction of a road in the Galwan river area, well within Indian territory.
India-China border dispute: The LAC mostly passes on the land, but Pangong Tso is a unique case where it passes through the water as well.
The number of Chinese patrol boats, sources told The Indian Express, have gone up three times — they had earlier been using only three boats.
The study found significant positive effects for wind speed, precipitation, and diurnal temperature on reproduction number.
We have ensured that our operational capability has not been degraded at all. Air defence alert has continued unabated while our transport and helicopter fleets have been working throughout the lockdown period to handle COVID-related tasks.
A new study of 1,364 airports worldwide says India’s population density and frequent domestic travel put it at high risk for outbreaks from infected passengers arriving from within the country.
Covid-19 has been a cause of several concerns. But at the same time, it has also opened new opportunities, says Defence secretary Dr Ajay Kumar.
The situation on the ground in the Pangong Tso area, sources said, had been brewing for over two months when the PLA started objecting to movement of Indian patrols up to Finger 8.
The data on local recruitment also shows that the suppression of militancy after revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was a temporary blip.
Pakistan has consistently been aiding and abetting infiltration for more than 30 years now. All the terrorist camps and launch pads in PoK are full.
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