Chinese Troop Buildup in Ladakh: Army Chief Sounds Alert


New Delhi: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Saturday said that the Chinese troops have been deployed in “considerable numbers" across all eastern Ladakh and northern front, right up to India’s eastern command.

Calling it a “matter of concern", the Army chief said, "Definitely there has been an increase in their deployment in the forward areas which remains a matter of concern for us," he was quoted as saying by ANI in Ladakh.

The Army Chief visited forward locations in Ladakh and reviewed operational and logistic preparedness of the force as winter sets in.
Talking to media persons, General Naravane said though the huge deployment of Chinese People's Liberation Army along the LAC is a matter of concern but expressed hope the disengagement would happen through dialogue.

India and China are to hold 13th round of military talks for disengagement at the Line of Actual Control in mid October.

General Naravane reached Ladakh on Friday and on his first day of visit he interacted with the troops and complimented them for their steadfastness and high morale, while being deployed in some of the harshest terrain, altitude and weather conditions.

A day before his visit to Ladakh, General Naravane in Delhi had said that developments along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh added to the ongoing legacy challenges on India's active and disputed borders on the Western and Eastern Front.

While speaking at the 116th annual session of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on Thursday, General Naravane had said as far as the Northern neighbour is concerned India has an outstanding border issue.

Responding to continued aggression by China at the border, he had stated, "We are well prepared to meet any misadventure that may occur as we have demonstrated in the past. Such kinds of incidents will continue to occur till the time a long term solution is reached, that is to have a boundary agreement... That should be the thrust of our efforts so that we have lasting peace along our Northern borders." He also has stated that the unprecedented developments at Northern Borders necessitated large scale resource mobilisation, orchestration of forces and immediate response, all this in a Covid infested environment.

India and China have been engaged in border disputes for the last 16 months. Twelve rounds of commander level talk have taken place so far and the 13th round is scheduled to happen in mid October.

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