It is clear from the first such meeting called by the Prime Minister that the Chinese strategy of creating pressure with military force will be thwarted.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the entire situation with the country’s top military leadership amid increasing activities of Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of India and China. NSA Ajit Doval, CDS General Bipin Rawat and the heads of the three armies were present in this review meeting. It is clear from the first such meeting called by the Prime Minister that the Chinese strategy of creating pressure with military force will be thwarted. At the same time, it also shows that the situation at the border is deteriorating despite the political leadership of the two countries not yet commenting on the current tension.
Increased presence of Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control
The Chinese claim on the Galvan Valley in the Ladakh region of India has further increased this tussle with the increased presence of Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control with each other along the Ladakh border. On the other hand, there are reports of increase in activities of Chinese soldiers in the Horse sector associated with China along with Uttarakhand-Himachal Pradesh. However, this has not been officially confirmed yet. By the way, India is also constantly indicating that it is not ready to back down on the whole matter. Indian military sources have made it clear that despite China’s objections, roads and other construction work will continue in the border areas. In order to prevent the construction of roads and other infrastructure in the Indian territory near the Ladakh border, the Chinese army has increased its strength by encroaching the border.
India will continue construction of roads and infrastructure
PM Narendra Modi along with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Manoj Munkad Narwane, Air Force Chief Airchief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Naval Chief Admiral Karmibar Singh along with Chinese military enthusiasts in Ladakh region and Discussed the situation of stress. Sources said that it was decided that India will continue construction of roads and infrastructure near the Chinese border in Ladakh and other areas, while fiercely countering China’s military maneuver. It is being told that the Army has also been instructed to continue the construction related work.
Discussion on strategy to deal with the situation of potential challenges
According to sources, in this meeting with the Prime Minister, India’s strategy of not stopping construction on the border was followed by a strategy to deal with the situation of potential challenges of China. The encroachment of Chinese troops into the Ladakh border region has become the most serious issue after the most stressful phase of the Indo-China military confrontation at Doklam in 2017. By the way, after the meeting called by the Prime Minister, by directing the army not to stop the construction work, India has clearly told China that it understood the stakes of the Chinese strategy to pressure the border dispute and hence India too will not hesitate to take appropriate retaliatory action. China, which has been objecting to the construction of roads and infrastructures, has made a military encroachment in the Ladakh region with the intention of putting it in disarray and the Indian Army stands firmly in a face-to-face confrontation with the Chinese soldiers.
Indian soldiers are engaged in a face-to-face battle with China
Military tensions over LAC in the Ladakh region are further exacerbated by China’s claim over Galvan Valley. The Chinese government’s mouthpiece Global Times has tried to stake its claim on the entire region with the infiltration of Chinese troops in the Galvan Valley, which is under India’s control in Ladakh. At the same time, under the trick of bringing India under pressure, it has given a reversal to save India from the provocative action on the border. While the fact is that since early May Chinese troops have encroached on the Ladakh region to stop Indian construction operations and Indian soldiers are engaged in a face-to-face combat with them.