China refuses disengagement, continues to build up military infrastructure at LAC

NEW DELHI: It seems China isn’t willing to budge. It continues to build up military infrastructure at the LAC to back the troops stationed at the face-off sites.

“China is indulging in ping-pong tactics by shuttling the ball between diplomatic and military talks, without any serious attempt at conflict resolution. There is no change in the ground situation,” a senior military official said under the condition of anonymity.

To match any threat by the Chinese, India has also counter-deployed troops, artillery, heavy weaponry and tanks to match the Chinese in all three sectors of the 3,488 km Line of Actual Control (LAC) from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force met on Saturday to discuss the various ways in which India needs to prepare for any contingencies.

Later in the day, Army General MM Narwane held an unscheduled meeting with top Army commanders from both China and Pakistan to review the situation and preparedness to counter any threat. “There is always a possibility of a collusive threat from them.” A senior army officer said.

“China seems hell-bent on its strategy to push the LAC westwards in Ladakh. It’s carrying out military infrastructure development at an exponential pace since its troops intruded into Indian territory at multiple points in the high-altitude region in early-May,” he further added.

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