New Delhi: Even after the military agreement between the two countries, China is reluctant to withdraw in eastern Ladakh antics and has increased the deployment of troops at the Pangong lake.
This has raised serious doubts over China's intention to restore normalcy in eastern Ladakh.
New satellite images have revealed that the Chinese are engaged in bringing additional boats and troops to Pangong Lake in order to increase their strength. Satellite imagery on July 29 found 13 boats of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Ground Forces Naval Wing on Finger 5 and Finger 6.
In the pictures, three boats can be seen in Finger 5 and 10 boats on Finger 6. Each boat can carry at least 10 soldiers. This means that about 130 Chinese soldiers are usually extremely close to Finger 4, which has always been under Indian control.
In the satellite photographs of June 15, 8 boats were seen in Finger 6, but now new boats have been brought here. The presence of additional boats of the Chinese Army is worrisome and indicates an aggressive posture. On July 29, 40 prefabricated huts and about 15 tents were seen on Finger 5. Four additional tents have been installed here.
Prefabricated huts can withstand extreme cold. This suggests that the Chinese have begun a long preparation before winter sets in. Prefabricated huts can hold a maximum of 12 soldiers. So a timely deployment includes at least 480 soldiers in huts, boat crew and additional soldiers in tents.
Earlier, Chinese ambassador Sun Vedong made a statement regarding the Pangong lake, after which government officials believe that the ambassador clarified that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is not about to withdraw from Pangong lake.
Former Indian Army chief General (Senator) Ved Malik said that the Chinese Ambassador's statement has almost ended the progress expected from the commander level talks on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
High-ranking sources said that if China really intends not to withdraw from Pangong Lake, India would have two options. First, the Indian Army will have to remain there in order to stop the forthcoming maneuvers of China and second - they had to take the path of war to expel the Chinese from their land. However, it is certain that China has not been completely removed from patrolling points 17 and 17A at Gogra.