Ladakh Standoff: China takes this step against India at LAC
China has sent 928D assault boats capable of carrying ten soldiers each with their weapons and ammunition to the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.
New Delhi: China has sent 928D assault boats capable of carrying ten soldiers each with their weapons and ammunition to the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.
The boats are close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and this is a major cause of concern for the Indian military establishment.
The report states that the Chinese PLA also has Swedish-built armed CB-90 assault boats, which can carry 20 soldiers with a three-member crew. Experts said this may be in response to the Indian Navy's deployment of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) near Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh.
"India has deployed Marine Commando Markkos in the Pangong Lake area, where Indian and Chinese forces have been in conflict since April-May this year. We will get new boats and infrastructure," ANI quoted government officials as saying.
Earlier, a top security panel in the United States has revealed that the Chinese government had plotted the deadly Galwan Valley clash against India as part of its malicious campaign.
According to a recent annual report by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), Beijing deliberately "planned" attacks that killed 20 Indian soldiers. "Some evidence suggests that the Chinese government had planned the incident, including the possibility of potentially fatal incidents," the report said.
Formed in 2000, the USCC is tasked with investigating national security and trade issues between China and the US. In addition, the agency also provides recommendations for legislative and administrative action to the US Congress on Beijing.
According to satellite photographs taken just a week before the skirmish, the area had a significant number of Chinese troops. The UNCC report states that 1,000 PLA troops may be present at the site. The report also indicated an escalation of border clashes between the two nations led by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
However, despite Beijing's warning, New Delhi is building a large-scale road in the Indian region. According to reports, the areas along the Ladakh border, which were previously inaccessible or used to travel for several days, can now be reached in a few hours. Diplomatic talks are underway between the two countries to remove troops from the region.
The deadliest border conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbors continues for more than half a century. Soldiers on both sides attacked each other with stones and batons on June 15, despite following a long-held protocol to avoid using weapons at sensitive, high-altitude range.