China mobilized a battalion across India Lipulekh pass.
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Troop movement of the People Liberation Army (PLA), along the line of control (LAC) was observed in recent weeks. A battalion of Chinese soldiers near Uttarakhand’s Lipulekh pass, have been mobilized.
In the beginning of May, India and China were in a standoff in East Ladakh, which escalated into a border clash on the 15th June, resulting in the bloodiest clash between the two superpowers in 45 years. A few weeks later talks between the two countries headed by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, helped to start disengagement and de-escalation of troops from the LAC. Read more about the de-escalation here:
Indian military officers noticed Chinese troop movements to bolster China’s in depth areas. A top military commander said, ‘There has been accretion of PLA troops across the LAC at Lipulekh Pass, parts of North Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.’
Lipulekh Pass is close to the tri-junction between China, India and Nepal. A few months ago, Nepal objected to an 80km road built by India to the Himalayan Pass. Nepal escalated tensions with India this year and adjusted the political map to include Lipulekh Pass and Kalapani area as their own.
China’s battalion, consisting of around 1000 troops, moved some distance from the border. An Indian Army officer said, ‘It is a signal that the Chinese troops are prepared.’
A top military commander said, ‘The situation on the Line of Actual Control remains dynamic with the PLA trying to emphasize its presence beyond Ladakh by building infrastructure on their side of the LAC.’
Growing mistrust between the countries forced the government to locate high altitude manufacturing clothing for emergency purchases. Another official said, ‘ It looks unlikely that we would be able to take our eyes off the border.’
A military commander said, ‘After the PLA aggression, we don’t trust the Chinese and fear that they will come back again North of Pangong Tso as summer arrives in 2021.’