India-China to hold yet another round of talks on border impasse — even as China builds up troops near Nepal border
- Diplomats from India and China are set to meet virtually today to discuss the disengagement of troops along the
Line of Actual Control(LAC).
- The Finger Area near Pangong Tso lake, the Depsang plains, and Gogra continue to remain hotspots.
- China has also reportedly deployed more troops in a different area, near Lipulekh Pass where its borders meet India and Nepal.
The three hotspots where the
During the last meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated disengagement of troops was happening as planned. At the time, the Kalapani Valley in Uttarakhand was not a point of concern.
Now, sources told IANS, China has deployed 150 Light Combined Arms Brigade along the border. Two weeks ago, the Indian authorities also noticed that Chinese troops were reinforced in Pala, which is around 10 kilometres from the border.
India-China border concerns continue to rise
The border tension between India and China has been volatile for over three months now. The first clash occurred on May 5 between the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the northern border of the Pangong Tso lake that left many injured, but did not result in any casualties.
However, in June, another clash between the two sides in Galwan Valley resulted in 20 dead on India’s side and one disclosed number on China’s side. Since then, China and India have been building up troops along the border in addition to implementing economic measures like banning Chinese apps in the country.
According to the Indian government, China has changed the status quo at various points along the LAC — moving inside Indian territories.
India and China are reportedly in for the long haul as is getting ready to set in in these areas. The Indian Army has doubled the order of rations, and the Chinese troops have started fortifying its bases by building bunkers and sangars.
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