New Delhi: – Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane visited Ladakh, especially when the region has been reeling under high tension between India and China. On Friday, General Naravane visited the headquarters of XIV Corps of the Indian Army at Leh, in Ladakh. After that, he held talks with the main officers of the Northern Command and inspected the preparedness of the Indian Army in the Ladakh region. China has made four infiltration attempts in this region in the last three weeks and has increased soldier deployment along the border. India too has increased the deployment on the border, and against this background, the visit of the Chief of Army Staff becomes important.
Recently, China attempted infiltration through Sikkim, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh borders. The Indian and Chinese soldiers had a faceoff in Ladakh and Sikkim, and it even culminated in a fight between the soldiers from both the countries. As per reports, China has made four attempts of infiltration through the Ladakh border. Along with the Pangong lake region, penetration was attempted in the strategically important areas of Gogra and Point 14. It has also been reported that the Chinese soldiers are building tunnels and have set up tents between the Galwan river and Point 14.
Although China has said that discussions on a political level are being held with India, against the background of the tension, China is continuing with its aggressive and provocative activities in the border region. Over the last four months, there have been 170 Chinese infiltration attempts, and 130 attempts out of these were in the Ladakh region.
Recently, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, sided with India saying that the tension at the Ladakh border is a result of provocative attitude of China. As per analysts, China is trying to pressurise India to give up the infrastructure projects which were started by India in the border region. India asked Pakistan to vacate the Gilgit Baltistan region. Thereafter, incidences of cross border firing and attempts to cover terrorist infiltration have increased from the Pakistan side. At the same time, China has started these aggressive activities on the eastern border. Therefore, analysts are claiming that these activities are well planned by the two countries.
Against this background, Army Chief General Naravane visited Ladakh. The Army Chief seems to be delivering a clear message to China that India will not pay any heed to the Chinese pressure and is carefully observing the Chinese activities.