LAC, Ladakh, at north of Pangong Lake, China starts fresh build up

LAC, Ladakh, at north of Pangong Lake, China starts fresh build up

‘India dominates south of Pangong Tso lake, China kicks in fresh build up at finger four area of eastern Ladakh’

Leh, Ladakh: In a fresh confrontation in eastern Ladakh, the Army on Monday said that the Chinese army carried out “provocative military movements” to “unilaterally” change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong lake but the attempt was thwarted by Indian troops.
As India dominates south of Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh, China has started fresh build up at Finger area north of the Lake, sources said on Wednesday. It started soon after the skirmish on the southern bank took place on September 7 where warning shots were fired by both sides.
The Indo-Sino troops are at a short range from each other. “They are within clear visible range and Indian troops are keeping a close watch on the activities,” said a government source.
The Indian Army have occupied crucial heights in areas around the south bank of Pangong Lake and the Chinese have made several attempts to take over Indian positions.
India claims that the Line of Actual Control at Finger 8 and had been holding on to area till Finger 4 but in a clear alteration of status quo the Chinese have been camping at Finger 4 and have set up fortifications between Finger 5 and 8.
The Indian Army has occupied heights that allow it to dominate the Chinese Moldo garrison and the Spangur Gap under Chinese control. Both Indian and China lay claim to some of these heights.
One of the most critical heights the Indian Army is manning is the Rechin La, which the Chinese are protesting against. From here the Indian Army enjoys a vantage point not just over Chinese army military bases on the south bank of the Pangong Lake but can also be within range of the Finger 4 area on the north of the lake on the opposite side.
Pertinently, the Army has sent thousands of additional troops to forward locations along the border following the deadly clashes. The IAF also moved air defence systems as well as a sizeable number of its frontline combat jets and attack helicopters to several key air bases.

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