It’s been 20 days and the standoff continues on the line of actual control. After the failure of six rounds of talks between India and China, Chinese President Xi Jing Ping has directed China’s armed forces to strengthen the training of troops and to be ready for war.
The situation on the border is much tensed. A meeting was held on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CDS Bipin Rawat, NSA Ajit Doval, and the three service chief to discuss the ongoing border standoff in Ladakh. A three days army commander conference will start from today (May 27), in Delhi. Top military commanders, from all over India will take part in the meeting. Both the countries have started troop deployment on the border as China has started making bunkers in the area of Galvan valley and the Pan Gong Tso.
The whole issue started when the troops of both the countries involved in a fierce face-off earlier this month. In a meeting with the army officials, the Chinese President told them to scale up the preparations, scale up training and he also asked them to be prepared for war. But, he did not mention any particular situation or any particular country but India will certainly interpret this statement. Moreover China has also refused to hold any meeting as far as this issue is concerned with the Indian officials, which makes the situation even worrying and that is why India has started taking this issue very sorely.
The Chinese army officials said “It is necessary to make preparations for military struggle, to flexible carry out actual combat military training, and to comprehensively improve our military’s ability to carry out military missions”. The defense budget of china has been increased by 6.6%, which is almost 3 times the defense budget of India. China is the second-largest spender on the army, after the US.
These type of excursions have taken place so many times in the past, every time these kind of small matters rise, a minor face-off takes place and then both the countries, for the sake of tranquility and peace leaves the area without leaving the claim for that part of the land. But this time, the situation is different.
The whole matter roughly started from early April when the patrolling troops from both sides got engaged in a fierce face-off, initially everybody thinks that it is merely an exercise that took place after the winter but everyone was taken aback with what happened in the 1st week of March and afterward. China started digging in and almost 5000 army personnel have entrenched themselves in some areas. Subsequently, smaller incursions have also taken place in Damchok valley, the southern area of Ladakh. The movement on the border had started from the third week of April and it is the first time after 1999 that the Indian Territory is in the hands of a foreign country.
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There are many reasons as to why China has started breaking out in our territory and threaten us amidst the pandemic. But a strong reason can be that China is currently cornered by the rest of the world owing to hide the important information about the coronavirus, thus it is trying to give a clear message to India to not support the world or be ready to face the aftermaths.