Amid buildup, subsequent India-China meet on LAC hotspot Depsang

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7

With hundreds of totally armed troops backed by artillery weapons, tanks and missile launchers going through one another at Depsang plains, India and China are scheduled to have a gathering to cut back stress within the space.

Besides the war-waging tools, troops of both aspect are denying patrolling rights to one another within the “grey zone” areas, the place the notion of the LAC varies by a number of kilometres.

A devoted Major General-level assembly is deliberate for the Depsang sector, sources confirmed to The Tribune. A agency date for the assembly continues to be being labored out and is probably going be held on the designated put up east of the Indian base at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).

The assembly is the end result of the Lt General-level conferences, 5 of which have been performed since June 6. The assembly will search to work out a system of pulling again troops and de-escalating from the 900-square km plains at an altitude of 16,000 ft. The Indian Army holds a majority of the Depsang plains whereas the People’s Liberation Army holds the japanese fringe of the plains.

The space noticed two main standoffs in 2013 and 2014. 

PLA admits casualties?

Has China not directly admitted to casualties within the Galwan valley conflict on June 15? A report on China Military web site stated just lately, “A netizen surnamed Zhou was arrested by the police’’ for spreading rumours online, saying “the poor quality of military vehicles caused the death of Chinese soldiers during the border clash”. The web site is sponsored by the PLA.

PLA concentrating close to DBO airfield

  • Depsang plains at 16,000 ft have seen two main standoffs in 2013 and 2014, in addition to dozens of faceoffs yearly when troops come shut whereas patrolling.
  • India controls main portion of 900-sq km plains. This doesn’t give it a bonus, however offers it vantage factors to observe over gaps in mountains which PLA can use for tank-based thrust.
  • Each aspect has deployed 12,000 troops within the space.
  • Chinese troops are concentrating on “Bottleneck”, 25 km from strategic airfield at DBO.

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