Amidst standoff with India, China’s increasing armed strength at LAC becomes noticeable

New Delhi: Amid the border standoff between India and China at Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Chinese armed forces personnel have increased to about 50,000.

According to a report by a Delhi based news organisation Times Now, in recent times, some additional Chinese reinforcements have become noticeable, particularly in the Depsang area, where there’s an intrusion.

The Chinese have pushed in more tanks and additional armed forces personnel in the Depsang area to add to their already high strength.

Quoting sources, the report said that there are about 25 additional tanks and a similar number of infantry combat vehicles and 300-400 armed forces personnel in the Depsang sector.

There are already over 3,000 Chinese PLA soldiers in the area and about 40-50 tanks and as many infantry combat vehicles facing the Indian army in Depsang.

The report added that there is also a considerable amount of artillery, including self-propelled guns, rocket launcher systems and air defence systems, like surface to air missiles. This includes the medium-range HQ-16 and the slightly longer range HQ-9 missiles.

The Depsang area is a plateau where tanks and armoured personnel carriers can be used.

There has been no change in the sensitive north bank of Pangong Tso, but the Chinese perhaps have a great strength of armed forces personnel and considerable numbers of artillery pieces and surface to air defence systems.

Right now, the armed forces personnel of China are occupying posts near Finger 4, having moved there from Finger 8 in early May. They have moved back from Finger 4 but not the heights right behind.


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