For several months a potential conflict has been brewing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the poorly demarcated border that separates Chinese and Indian-controlled territory along the Himalayas.
It began in June when soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) crossed the LAC and clashed with Indian forces in the Galwan Valley. That territorial transgression began a major escalation of tensions between the two most populous countries in the world—but the roots of a potential conflict go back to the October 2013 when the India-China border defense cooperation agreement failed to make certain that the actions of a patrol wouldn’t result in armed conflict.
The situation has potentially gone from bad to worse as an assessment from the Indian Army’s Brigadier Hemant Mahajan (Retired), titled “Operational Logistic Readiness of the Indian Army” was circulated to the media by the Northern Command PRO (Public Relations Officer).
Mahajan said the Indian Army is fully prepared to fight a full-fledged war even in winters in eastern Ladakh and China should expect to face better trained, better prepared, fully rested and psychologically hardened Indian troops.