Indian Army rebalances command structure on China border

By The Week

As the stalemate continues on the icy heights of the Himalayas between Indian and Chinese militaries, both sides are going ahead with plans of deploying over 60,000 troops on the frontiers for a second successive winter in eastern Ladakh.

While China has changed its local commanders on the western theatre command—overseeing the Line of Actual Control (LAC)—the Indian Army is also rebalancing its force on the Indo-China border.

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane recently stated that the build-up and construction of infrastructure by the Chinese on their side meant they were there to stay.

“If they are here to stay, we are here to stay, too,” said Naravane.

The move is also a step towards upcoming theatre commands in the Indian military. While India has eight commands (Army and IAF) focusing on the China front, it has just one unified command—the western theatre command—tasked with guarding its border with India.

The Indian military functions under 17 single-service commands now.

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