India deploys its air defense missile units in the Eastern Ladakh region
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In response to increased activity by Chinese fighter aircraft near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian armed forces moved their air defense units to the Eastern Ladakh region. It was also noted by satellite images taken on 22nd June, buildings overlooking the Galwan river, built by the Chinese.
‘As part of the ongoing build-up in the sector, the air defense systems of both Indian Army and Indian Air Force have been deployed in the sector to prevent any misadventures by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there’, sources from the Indian government said.
On the other hand, Chinese strategists are urging the government to let front line troops to respond to any intrusions by Indian forces and prepare for an armed conflict as tensions between the two nuclear powers is rising. The deadly clashes occurred two weeks ago in the Galwan Valley, located between the Chinese- controlled Aksai Chin and Indian controlled Ladakh. Around 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 injured by the Chinese in hand to hand combat. No information about Chinese casualties was released. Guns were not used due to an agreement signed in 1996 that bans the use of guns and explosives in the area.
Wang Yunfei, a Chinese naval expert suggested that front line Chinese troops should prepare for an armed conflict and non-lethal weapons such as tear gas, stun grenades and lasers should be deployed.