Amidst a series of meetings to resolve the ongoing border dispute in Ladakh, China has increased the mobilization of troops on the border. This is the reason that India also had to deploy 50 thousand soldiers under the Mirror Deployment Policy. This deployment of troops on the India-China border is being described as the biggest military tension of the decade. Since the Galwan violence in June last year, the armies of both the countries are standing on the border with full preparation.
15 thousand more Chinese soldiers than last year
According to the Wall Street Journal report, China has deployed 15 thousand more soldiers this time than the number of soldiers deployed during the Galwan violence. According to Indian intelligence and military officials, China’s People’s Liberation Army has gradually increased its military presence to over 50,000 over the past few months.
Both countries built infrastructure in the border areas
Both countries have developed a lot of infrastructure in the border area amid tensions. This includes insulated cabins and tents for the soldiers to stay in during the winter. Most of the military construction between India and China has been done in eastern Ladakh. Here the armies of India and China are still stationed face to face in Gogra-Hotspring, Depsang and Doklam.
Both countries are deploying weapons on the border
This is the reason that seeing the suspicious antics of China, India has also started deploying new weapons on the border. The Indian Army has deployed K-9 Vajra Howitzers to deal with China in the high altitude areas of Ladakh. Apart from this, lethal weapons like T-90 Bhishma, Pinaka Rocket, Rafale, Apache, Chinook have also been kept in the border area. The Indian Army is considering buying a lightweight Sprut-SD tank made in Russia. Not only this, four Heron TP drones procured from Israel will also be deployed for surveillance from LAC to LOC.
‘Offensive defense’ strategy against China too
India has adopted an offensive defense strategy against China. This is the reason that the Indian Army has also made heavy deployment of soldiers and weapons in Ladakh. India had earlier deployed troops to prevent Chinese encroachment on the border, but now has acquired the ability to counter-attack and enter the Chinese border by increasing the force.