According to foreign ministry and military sources diplomatic, diplomatic, foreign secretary, special representative (NSA level) and military commander level talks have been held with China. Strategically important areas such as Paigong Tso and Depsang still remain in place. Military sources reveal that at present the Army is busy finalizing plans like long-term deployment of troops in the Ladakh region.
What is the plan to send Chinese troops to LAC?
Military sources say we are ready to give a befitting reply to any challenge. The Foreign Ministry's weekly briefing leads to the same conclusion that the two countries are repeating their resolve to maintain peace and harmony on the border.
China's Special Representative Wang Yi made a commitment to this in talks with the country's National Security Advisor and the Chinese military's withdrawal was agreed. China should follow international agreements and consents. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, this issue could have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship between the two countries, but still no positive signal has come from China.
What is the way for India?
Former Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, Shashank, a Chinese affairs expert Swaran Singh, has retired from the Ministry of External Affairs shortly before. The source, who has worked at the embassy in Beijing, says that China has been following a policy of two and a half steps forward, two steps backwards, with neighbors for a long time. After Doklam infiltration in 2017, it has also started showing aggression with India.
Therefore, India needs to adopt planned methods. Retired Vice Air Marshal NB Singh of the Air Force, including Lieutenant General Balvir Singh Sandhu, retiring from the army, have no concrete answer except to give a befitting reply to China. At the same time, India has adopted a way to increase military deployment, maintain vigilance, maintain its position on the expansionist policy of China at the international level, indicating that there is pressure in the business relationship with China.
But no one has the answer for how long will this situation last?
Will the Indian Army be stationed to withstand the icy wind in Ladakh's -20 to -30 degree cold even in winter? At present, the chances are similar and this situation can continue till the solution is found.
What is the significance of such a large deployment of the army in Ladakh?
Siachen knows the base camp before knowing the importance of military deployment in Ladakh. Helicopters are used to supply everyday items at the Siachen outposts from the Thoys basecamp. The fuel costs 40-50 thousand rupees in this supply by helicopter.
While only two-three dozen soldiers are deployed at the posts. In contrast, thousands of soldiers are stationed in parallel to Paigong, Depsang, near the Finger area, Galvan river valley area of Ladakh. There are deployment of artillery, tanks, including Akash Defense Missile System.
Suddenly, for such a large number of soldiers, the challenge is to raise the resources necessary to carry out food, lodging, medical, military operations. There are no permanent posts on the second front. In such a situation, special types of tents, resource mobilization, kerosene oil to keep them warm, special types of stoves etc. are less of a challenge.
Chinese strategists also understand
Frontline people who have retired from the Indian Army also believe that China has a fair idea of some of our conditions. A lieutenant general level retired officer says that China is showing stubbornness due to this. He feels that India can never initiate a military attack.
Not only this, India cannot even take steps like military action to push the Chinese army back. Other Chinese troops are stationed in the Tibet region near Ladakh. His soldiers are used to working in temperatures of -20 to -40 degrees.
China has built permanent bunkers, military bases, permanent and large military bases at a distance of about 30-35 km near the Ladakh border in its territory. Sources say the strategists of the neighboring country feel that military deployment is not a difficult task for them, while for India it is very painful, expensive. Therefore, India is also in a hurry to resolve the issue before the winter comes.
The challenge is to supply logistic material to the troops, provide an environment to maintain operational capability and maintain the deployment of 30-40 thousand soldiers. At present, India supplies military resources, military, logistic materials etc. in Ladakh region by road and air. Once the snowfall starts, the supply routes are very limited.
After the Rohtang Pass tunnel becomes operational by October, November, there will be some easing, but the woes will also increase in the same proportion. Lieutenant General Balveer Singh Sandhu, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Army Supply Corps, says that overcoming this challenge is nothing short of a war. However Sandhu says that the army mechanism is very strong. So it will happen. However, in terms of military deployment, the preparation time is short and there are many uncertainties.