Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted Xu Qiling, the commander of the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which guards the border with India, to the rank of general. China has taken this step amid continuing standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Two other officers have also been promoted to the general rank, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Xi is also the chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of China. He has promoted 58-year-old Shu to the rank of general, the highest rank for officers in China’s military service.
At the same time, no agreement has been reached between India and China to end the ongoing tension in Ladakh. Although the commander-level meeting held in the past has been described as positive by both sides, but the reality is that the Chinese army is not ready to withdraw from this area. Tension still persists in East Ladakh’s Gogra Heights, Hot Springs, Depsang and Demchok.
On the other hand, China’s official siren Global Times has erupted over the deployment of 50 thousand additional soldiers of India from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. Global Times threatened in its editorial that if India unnecessarily competes with China at the behest of western countries, then it will be destroyed. The Chinese newspaper also said that China and India should use each other’s strengths together.