India has banned 118 more Chinese apps, including popular video game PUBG, amid escalating tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Reports also suggest that Indian soldiers have now taken up dominating positions at ‘Finger 4’ along the Pangong Lake. The military is also reportedly keeping a close watch on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s build-up at Depsang-DBO.
These developments come days after the Indian Army confirmed that there was a fresh incursion bid by Chinese troops at the LAC.
Here are the key updates:
> Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria visited the eastern air bases on September 2 and has reviewed operational preparedness there, reports suggest.
> Indian actions (app ban) violate the legal interests of Chinese investors and services providers and China asks India to correct its mistakes, Reuters has quoted China's Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng as telling a briefing.
"India's ban on mobile apps violates the legal interests of Chinese investors and service providers. China is seriously concerned, resolutely opposes it,” Reuters has quoted China's Commerce Ministry as saying.
> Reports suggest that Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has arrived in Leh, Ladakh to review operational preparedness. He will be briefed by senior field commanders on the ground situation along the LAC.
> The Indian military is monitoring the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s build-up at Depsang-Daulat Beg Oldi, reports suggest.
> China “deliberately” provoked India with a new incursion into contested territory after the fresh confrontation on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh, according to an American intelligence assessment. The US intelligence assessment suggests that Beijing remains enraged that its local commander withdrew forces when a physical conflict appeared about to be happened.
> “India has already banned 100 plus Chinese apps. We call on all freedom-loving nations and companies to join 'The Clean Network',” Keith Krach, US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Tension between India and China at the LAC in eastern Ladakh region has been escalating since early May amid skirmishes and leading to a military build-up. The three main friction points were Hot Springs, the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso.
However, they reached another level when a violent clash broke out in the Galwan Valley on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The Chinese side is also believed to have suffered casualties but it has not given details.
On August 31, the Indian Army said that Chinese troops had violated consensus and carried out provocative military movements on the night of August 29-30, aimed at changing the status quo at the LAC.
The army further said that Indian soldiers pre-empted PLA's activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso
and undertook measures to strengthen positions and thwart Chinese intentions.