Ladakh: The Chinese military has still not withdrawn from the Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang regions in Ladakh. Against this background, Indian Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane reviewed the war preparedness at east Ladakh and Siachen. There are clear indications that this visit of the Army Chief to Ladakh and Siachen was only to warn China.
While India was countering the Coronavirus pandemic last year when China had attempted intrusion on the Ladakh border. Even now, the second wave has hit India, and the pandemic is spreading rapidly. China can plot some inciting activities on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), taking advantage of the situation in India. But the Indian Army is fully prepared and keenly monitoring the Chinese movements. In this scenario, the visit of the Army Chief to the sector becomes extremely important.
Lieutenant General PGK Menon, chief of the 14th Corps of the Indian Army, responsible for the security of the Chinese border, updated the Army Chief regarding the situation in the sensitive sectors on the LAC in Ladakh. The Army Chief met the soldiers deployed on the border during the visit. The Army Chief showered praises on the strength and courage of soldiers, standing like a rock, for the security of the country.
The Army Chief established a dialogue with the soldiers even at Siachen. On Wednesday, the Army Chief is scheduled to visit the Indian airbase at Daulat Beg Oldi, meaning DBO. China thinks that the biggest threat is from this airbase. China is grappled with fear that India can very easily target the China Pakistan Economic corridor from this base. At the same time, India has expedited the development of the DBO airbase and has made China further restless by increasing the deployments. Therefore, the decision of the Indian Army Chief to visit the DBO airbase seems to have only added to the Chinese concerns.