Border tensions dangerously escalate between India and China over Fingers 4-8

Border tensions dangerously escalate between India and China over Fingers 4-8

China has been guarding the ridges in the Finger area of the infamous Pangong Tso in India since June. Last evening, China had deployed another set of troops to the ridges. “We have had no option but to match the presence,” a government official responded.

Amidst Indian troops who are engaged in defence standoffs against China at the south bank of the Pangong Tso lake, the Chinese troops have once again piled up in the Finger area of the north bank of the lake. The build up has been observed since the past one week by the India defence, a senior government official expressed it to The Hindu.

The ground commanders had a meeting on Wednesday with the aim to counter the intense situation but it remained unresolved. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had occupied the ridge lines and sent a huge number of troops towards the north bank, where Fingers 4-8 are located of the Pangong Tso lake, the official said. The discomposing large amount of Chinese troops which intimidated the area along with the increasing number of Indian troops, was observed according to the said official.

The Border issue escalations

As reported and quoted by The Hindu, “China has ingressed about 8 km in the Finger area of the north bank. India has not been able to patrol beyond Finger 4 since April last week when China amassed troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Earlier, Indian troops could patrol up to Finger 8. Several rounds of meetings at the military and diplomatic levels have not yielded any results. China partially retreated to Finger 5 and as per the agreement, Indian troops were pulled back to Finger 2. The build-up on the north bank comes even as the attention has shifted to areas south of the lake, where for the past one week, the Indian Army has been dominating the ridges and hills in the Chushul area.” (Source: TheHindu)

China has been guarding the ridges in the Finger area of the infamous Pangong Tso since June. Last evening, China had deployed another set of troops to the ridges.

“We have had no option but to match the presence,“the official responded. Aerial gunshots were fired on the disputed LAC for the first time in 45 years, On Tuesday, The Indian Army said that Chinese soldiers fired a few rounds in the air on September 7. Their intention was to “intimidate” the Indian Troops as they attempted to conquer one of India’s forward positions.

The escalation arrives in just a day before the Foreign Ministers of both China and India are expected to meet in Moscow for a meeting of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). (Source: TOI)

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