20,000 Chinese troops deployed along Ladakh
Published: 07:54 PM, 1 July 2020
China has deployed more than 20,000 of its troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid Indo-China talks to reduce tensions in Eastern Ladakh. Apart from this, the presence of another 10,000-12,000 Chinese troops has been seen in Xinjiang with high mobility vehicles and weaponry.
"The Chinese Army has deployed around two divisions worth of troops (around 20,000) along the LAC in the Eastern Ladakh sector. There is another division (10,000 troops) which has been stationed by it in the Northern Xinjiang province almost a 1,000 kilometres from the front but they can be mobilised to reach our frontiers in maximum 48 hours time due to the flat terrain on the Chinese side," top government sources told news agency ANI.
"We are keeping a close eye on the movement of these troops along with the ones which have been deployed close to the Indian territory," the sources said.
The sources said that even though India and China have been talking at the diplomatic and the military level for over six weeks now, there has been no thinning down in troop numbers or equipment by the Chinese side on this front, they said.
Sources said the Chinese normally also have two divisions deployed in the Tibet region but this time, they have brought in close to two divisions extra from locations as far as 2,000 kilometres from mainland China for deployment against the Indian positions.
Sources said the Indian side has also beefed up positions and added at least two divisions from nearby locations for the Eastern Ladakh sector. This includes a reserve mountain division which every year conducts its wargames in the Eastern Ladakh area.
Tanks and BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles have been also flown in by the Air Force in addition to the existing elements of the armoured brigade deployed close to the DBO sector.
Eastern Ladakh sector, is at present, guarded by the Karu-based Trishul Infantry Division along with its three brigades located all along the LAC.
Looking at the Chinese aggression and deployment along the DBO sector from Galwan Valley onwards to the Karakoram Pass area, the Indian Army is now also considering the deployment of another division in that sector, the sources said.