The Indian Air Force’s Chandigarh Airbase is busy with the C-17 Globemaster airlifting T– 90 tank, which weighs 46 tonnes, to Ladakh as war like scenario seems to be developing on the LAC. This is more or less the same scenario across every army cantonment and airbase in the North India. Troops, artillery guns, mechanized infantry, air surveillance radars, frontline fighter jets and helicopters have been moving to Ladakh for the last one month. Till now there are aprrox. 45,000 soldiers in India’s newest Union Territory, Ladakh. DBO, Fukche and Nyoma – the 3 landing sites have been activated. The Navy is keeping an eye on Chinese movement from the sky with its P-8I. The border patrolling has been tightened at all the important 65 points along the 1597-km border that Ladakh shares with China.
It has been almost two months now and the standoff shows no signs of de-escalating despite multiple military and diplomatic level talks. If anything, things have only escalated on the ground. The Chinese have amassed troops, tanks, missile units and fighter planes along the border and is building infrastructure in areas within India’s side of the LAC. There are reports of a helipad being laid out near finger 4 in Pangong Tso.
Fortifications have come up at Patrol Point 14, where the June 15 clash took place in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Chinese observation posts, tents and a wall popped up on satellite imagery on the same day that Indian and Chinese Corps Commander’s met for 11 hours to “cool down’ the situation. Despite the diplomatese, sources say the talks are ‘deadlocked’ because the Chinese refuse to budge. They maintain they have come only up to their claim line and there is no reason why they should back off. Never before seen maps have been produced to lay claim over the entire Galwan Valley. Not surprisingly, dates for next military level talks have not been fixed.
“China has to stop the practice of transgressing and trying to erect structures on the Indian side. The only way to resolve the military standoff is to stop erecting new structures,” India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri has said. Lieutenant General DS Hooda, a former Northern Army commander, predicts greater tension and aggression all along the 3,488 km long LAC. “This is not ending in a hurry. It will depend on how much both sides are willing to surrender.”