Ladakh: China strengthening military bases near LAC

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Amid the border dispute between India and China in eastern Ladakh and the ongoing military and diplomatic talks to resolve it, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building more military shelters along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

New Delhi: Amid the border dispute between India and China in eastern Ladakh and the ongoing military and diplomatic talks to resolve it, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building more military shelters along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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A report published in the Times of India said that China has built modular container-based housing for its troops at around eight locations near eastern Ladakh.

Container-based housing has been built up to Pew, Hot Springs, Chang La, Tashigong, Manza and Churup in Wahab Zilga near the Karakoram Pass in the north, the report said.

Meanwhile, an IANS report said that the PLA recently conducted a night combat exercise at an altitude of over 16,000 feet in the Xinjiang region. Ever since India reacted strongly to China’s unilateral efforts to change the status quo in eastern Ladakh, the PLA has been rapidly increasing its military infrastructure along the LAC.

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India has also retaliated strongly to Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh and has deployed around 50,000 troops, frontline fighter jets, anti-missile systems, artillery guns and other heavy military equipment along the LAC.

Last week, China blamed India for the deadly Galwan Valley conflict in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.

Responding to China’s statements, India rejected China’s claims, saying that the aggressive behavior of the neighboring country and unilateral efforts to change the status quo in eastern Ladakh has disturbed the peace between the two countries.

India said, “We reject such statements. Our position on development along the LAC in eastern Ladakh last year has been clear and consistent. It is up to the Chinese side to change the status quo in violation of all our bilateral agreements.” ”

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“There were provocative behavior and one-sided attempts, which resulted in serious disturbances in the peace.”

First published:September 28, 2021, 8:40 am

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