India-China border tension / Army Chief Narwane reached Ladak to review security arrangements

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India and China have deployed additional troops after several incidents of clashes with Chinese troops last month on the India-China Border Line of Actual Control (LAC). Given the tension at the border, Army Chief General MM Narwane arrived in Ladakh on a highly secretive visit and reviewed the security arrangements of the LAC.

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane visited the 14 Corps headquarters in Ladakh, Leh, for a security review of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) sensitive zone between India and China. This confidential visit to Ladakh border is considered important after the encounter between India and Chinese soldiers, because the Ministry of External Affairs has said in its official statement a day earlier that all Indian activities are completely genuine Line of Control i.e. Indian Are happening in the area. China’s claim in this regard is not correct.

The Indian Army has full focus of LAC and follows it fully. In fact, there have been recent activities from China itself that hamper the regular patrolling of Indian troops. Indeed, China alleged that Indian troops triggered tensions and crossed the LAC in the Ladakh and Sikkim sectors. The Chinese military accused the Indian border of obstructing patrols. However, after these incidents, India and China have deployed additional forces in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh along the border.

India has made temporary sites in the Galwan Valley by placing tents to increase its military presence along the border. However, earlier Army Chief Narwane has said that these incidents between Indian and Chinese soldiers on the Line of Actual Control in North Sikkim and East Ladakh have no relation with any domestic or international situation. Such incidents have also happened in the past and have happened again due to the fact that the Line of Actual Control is not very well defined.

He also said that in fact Indian and Chinese soldiers meet at 10 different places in a very normal manner every day. Conflicts between the soldiers of the two countries only occur from time to time in one or two places. This also happens when the deployment of commanders on the border changes. In contrast, army officials say that talks between local commanders have failed to reduce tension on the border this time and diplomatic channels are working to end the deadlock.

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