Tensions between chains and India over their Himalayan border have escalated, with China accused of moving thousands of troops into disputed territory and expanding a military airbase in the region.Thousand of Chinese people Liberation Army (PLA) troops are reported to have moved into sensitive areas along with the eastern Ladakh borders setting up tents and stationing vehicles and heavy machinery in whIndia considers to be its Territory.In response, the Indian army has moved several battalions from an infantry division usually based in the Ladhak city of Leh to “operations alert areas” along the borders, and reinforcement troops have been brought in. The aggressive military posturing follows two skirmishes between the two sides on 5 and 9 May in the contested areas around Pangong lake and north Sikkim, in which more than 100 soldiers from both sides were injured.On Wednesday Donald Trump Wanded into the heightened standoff, claiming that he had “informed both India and chains that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute”
The high altitude borders have been aggressively contested and heavenly militarised since 1962 when china launched an offensive into the Indian Territory, sparking a short but bloody war.
Ashok k Kantha, a former Indian ambassador to China and now director of the Institute of Chinese studies based in Delhi said the recent incursion and border aggregation from china we’re, “far from routine occurrences.
He said: this escalation is serious; I don’t think it is just a localised incident. China’s behavior is more aggressive this time, backed up by a fairly large number of troops, which is not typical of this border where troop levels tend to be low on both sides. it could be a territorial claim or part of a wider massaging to India that they need to be more mindful of China on sensitive geopolitical issues.”
Kantha said it was” in the interest of both India and China to keep the situation under control and maintain relative peace”.
China’s actions appear to be a response to India’s construction of roads and airstrips adjacent to the line of actual control (LAK), which will improve connectivity and enable easier mobility for Indian troops in the area. construction has paused during the coronavirus lockdown but is due to resume immediately.
There have been diplomatic discussions as well as multiple meetings at a local level in an attempt to defuse the tension.
China is committed to safeguarding the security of its national territorial sovereignty, as well as safeguarding peace and stability in the China-India border areas, ” a Chinese foreign ministry statement said.
in a recent statement, India’s external affairs ministry blamed china for provoking the military escalation. in fact, it is the Chinese side that has recently undertaken activity hindering India’s normal patrolling patterns, ” the statement said. ” the Indian side has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.