Indian Army Chief, Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane gave an official statement saying the tensions at Indo-China border have reduced.
Reports of skirmishes surfaced on 5th May for the first time amidst a nationwide lockdown in India. Camping on both sides of the border could be observed, along the LOC near the controversial Pangong Lake. The armies of India and China are in a five-week standoff in the region constituent of Eastern Ladakh.
As incursions by Chinese Military choppers made the situation tensed, Indian Amry responded by camping more batches of recruits in areas such as Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in Eastern Ladakh, the Chief Said.
‘The Army Is Prepared’- Defence Minister
Union Defence Minister reviewed preparations by the Army at LOC. The Army Chief explained to him that the troops are ready to in case the situation aggravates. The officials kept pursuing a peaceful stance as both the countries are currently fighting a common enemy- the coronavirus. Both the sides do not want to engage in any activity that would prove to be a hindrance in strategic developments on both sides, said the Minister.
Reaching A Consensus
The first strategic meeting was held this week in order to disengage troops in sensitive areas to ease the chance of skirmishes. Officers of equivalent ranks finally started to hold diplomatic talks at every camp near the LOC. The aggressive posturing had both the sides engaging more and more troops recently which has now finally started to recede. The level of discussions finally reached its peak and clear reciprocations were made. The area has had traditional scuffles between both the armies since decades and war was even fought over Arunachal Pradesh known as the Sino-Indian war of 1962.
The Indo-China border stretches up to 3,488 and forms the LOC which observes the most crucial army engagements, in comparison to LOCs with other countries.