Amid disengagement talks, China continues military build-up along LAC near eastern Ladakh’s Galwan valley
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Despite the disengagement talks going on between India and China, the Chinese army has continued to build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including the Finger area where the Chinese have strengthened themselves on several new positions, news agency ANI reported.
The Chinese army has been building up in eastern Ladakh area since May 4. The Chinese have deployed over 10,000 troops loaded with heavy artillery, armoured regiments and defence batteries.
"In the Finger area along the Pangong Tso lake, the Chinese have continued to indulge in heightened military activities like deployment of troops and construction," news agency ANI quoted a source as saying.
The Indian side claims the areas up to Finger 8 but the Chinese Army during the recent face-offs have been blocking Army patrols from going beyond Finger 4. The Chinese side has been aggressively trying to bring newer areas under its control in the Finger area, the sources said.
The sources further said that the Chinese have built some new structures along the Galwan river after the violent clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers resulting in a high number of deaths on both sides.
The Chinese even build up the observation post-like structure which was removed by the Indian Army on June 15-16, the sources said.
The build up on the Indian positions PP-15, PP-17 and PP-17A also continues to exist as the Chinese have been using a road, which moves close to Indian patrolling points from its side, to send both men and equipment urgently to the Indian side.
In areas opposite the Daulat Beg Oldie sector, the Chinese are trying to create troubles for the Indian patrols near PP-10 to PP-13.
In the rear positions also at its air bases including Hotan and Gar Gunsa, the Chinese Army's Air Force has brought in its strategic bombers and the number of fighter aircraft numbers have gone up including their own Russian-made Su-30s.
Security agencies suggest that the Chinese have also rushed in long-range air defence systems acquired from Russians opposite the Indian territory.
India and China have held two rounds of Corps commander-level talks after which they have agreed to disengage. However, the disengagement process supposed to start after the June 6 talks did not yield much result and there was also a violent face-off in which both sides suffered major casualties.
On June 22 also, the two sides met at Moldo after which there has been a consensus for mutual disengagement but it has not yet shown any change in ground positions.
(With ANI Inputs)
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