China continues with its belligerence, even though on Friday (Sept 6, 2020) both sides had decided to resolve the growing tensions along the Line of Actual Control amicably through dialogue. “The alleged reports of firing warning shots at the Ladakh border are alarming, to say the least.
This could get out of control,” opine experts. The contending armies did not fire shots even in the wake of a deadly brawl on June 15. This has raised the simmering tension several notches up. And, as the winter sets in, this is going to be a long haul as the Chinese will keep trying to push in.
Sharing his views on Sept 7, 2020 incident, Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (retd), Former DGMO, says, “The pre-emptive occupation of operationally critical and dominating heights on South Bank Pangong Tso on 30 Aug have created decision dilemma for China. Indian army has taken up defensive positions dominating the all-important Spangur gap, which is not only an ingress route to strategically located Chushul town and ALG on the Indian side, but also directly dominates and threatens the Moldo garrison of PLA.
Though the positions occupied are on own side of the LAC, China claims that these are 4 km inside China’s perception of LAC.”