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India-China border tensions | Indian Army to deploy 35,000 additional soldiers along LAC: Report

The Indian Army has already sent thousands of troops to forward locations along the Line of Actual Control. The additional deployment comes amid slow withdrawal from the Chinese forces.

July 30, 2020 / 10:25 AM IST

Amid delay in disengagement at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, the Indian Army is preparing to deploy 35,000 additional soldiers in eastern Ladakh, according to a Bloomberg report.

After nearly three months of border tensions, both sides have said that troops are disengaging in most of the friction points. However, defence experts have expressed concern over the slow Chinese withdrawal from locations such as Pangong Tso. This disengagement followed several rounds of high level military talks.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

Tensions escalated to another level after 20 Indian Army soldiers, including an officer, had been killed in a violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15-16. There were casualties on the Chinese side too. However, that number is not clear.

Since then, the Indian Army has already sent thousands of additional troops to forward locations along the border.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has also moved a sizeable number of its frontline Sukhoi 30-MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache attack helicopters to several key air bases including Leh and Srinagar following the clashes.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Indian Army had deployed a squadron of T-90 battle tanks and a full troop brigade at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) base.

This is to prevent possible Chinese aggression close to the Shaksgam-Karakoram pass axis, the report suggests. The troop brigade comprises 4,000 personnel.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has also reportedly deployed around 50,000 troops in Aksai Chin across the LAC.

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first published: Jul 30, 2020 10:25 am

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