India, China Engaged in Standoff in Ladakh

India and China are currently engaged in a standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which separates the Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory, in Ladakh.

According to Indian media reports, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed two brigades along with border with India in the Ladakh sector. The report added that China’s aggressive posturing is to make India stop building border infrastructure in the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector as China feels it may threaten the Lhasa-Kashgar highway in Aksai Chin, the Chinese-controlled territory.

The Darbuk-Shyok-DBO road, which India is constructing, will give the country a major advantage in terms of access and military mobilisation. The PLA deployment is massive in scale and this indicates that the posturing has the sanction of Beijing and not limited to local military commanders.

India has also initiated massive troop buildup in the region following Chinese actions. This was reportedly the result of a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.

China on Wednesday reiterated that its stance on the border issues with India is consistent and clear, stressing that the situation in the China-India border area is “overall stable and controllable.”

Zhao Lijian, the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, made the remarks when asked whether China has sent an additional 5,000 troops to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India.

Zhao said the situation at the border with India is “overall stable and controllable,” underscoring that the two countries have proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through a dialogue and consultation.

“We are capable of resolving the issues properly though dialogue and consultation,” Zhao stated while stressing that China remains committed to safeguarding its territorial sovereignty and security, and safeguarding peace and stability in the border areas.

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