China builds border infrastructure at a frantic pace: Army Chief General Manoj Pande | News from India

NEW DELHI: China continues to build border infrastructure development at ‘very frantic pace’ and has not cut troops along LAC, army chief general Manoj Pande he said on Friday, during the three-year military confrontation in eastern Ladakh. “Overall, the situation along the LAC is stable, but we need to monitor developments closely,” he said. The People’s Liberation Army has kept some 50,000 troops deployed, along with heavy weapons, since it carried out multiple incursions into eastern Ladakh in April-May 2020. The Indian Army also has a “robust” deployment in all three sectors of the 3.488 km long LAC, extending from the east Ladakh to Arunachal Pradeshwith a “high level” of operational preparation.
“We have adequate reserves to deal with any contingencies. As new technologies and weapon systems are introduced, our capability development is an ongoing effort. Likewise, we are focusing on infrastructure development, especially in advanced areas such as roads, helipads, etc.” Gen Pande he said, speaking at the India Today conclave.

China ramps up troops on LAC in eastern sector, India deploys adequate troops: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande

China ramps up troops on LAC in eastern sector, India deploys adequate troops: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande

The army chief has expressed hope that diplomatic and military talks with China will resolve remaining “points of friction” in the strategic Depsang Plains and Demchok in eastern Ladakh.
“It is only through dialogue and talking to each other that we can find a solution. At the friction points of balance, this is our goal and our commitment. Until such time as our deployment of forces happens, the alert level will continue to remain at a high level,” General Pande said.
Turning to Pakistan, he said that while levels of infiltration across the 778km Line of Control (LoC) have reduced due to the army’s “robust” counter-infiltration network, attempts across the International Border (IB) and the use of drones there for drop weapons and drugs have shown an increase. Furthermore, there has been “no major reduction in the terrorist infrastructure” existing in Pakistan. “Despite the internal situation in Pakistan, be it the political instability, the economic downturn and the internal security situation, I think we need to be extremely attentive to what happens along the LoC and the IB,” Gen Pande said.


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