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Army Chief Visits Eastern Ladakh Just Days After China Refuses To Disengage At Gogra, Hot Springs

By Swarajyamag

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited eastern Ladakh today, just days after China outright refused to agree to any disengagement of troops from the friction points in Gogra and Hot Springs.

General Naravane met soldiers deployed in the area and received updates on the ground situation in eastern Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a tense military standoff since May 2020.

During the 11th round of talks earlier this month, which lasted for nearly 13 hours, the Chinese side was “totally inflexible”, a report in India Today said, quoting a source in the Indian Army’s 14 Corps.

Tensions remain high on the ground between India and China as a large number of troops are have been deployed in the region by both sides. China, according to the India Today report, has deployed elements from a motorised infantry division, an artillery brigade and air-defence units.

Earlier, Indian and Chinese forces, including tanks, had disengaged from the north bank of the Pangong Lake and the heights of the Kailash Range in the Chushul sub-sector, just south of the lake. The troops and heavy equipment had been withdrawn to rear bases by both sides.

During the visit, the Army Chief also visited the Siachen Glacier.

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