Army Chief arrives on a 2-day visit to Ladakh amid India-China escalation

Army Chief General MM Naravane has arrived in Ladakh this morning to take stock of operational issues and ground situation amidst escalating posture between India and China on South Pangong and elsewhere. He is on a two-day visit to the region.

The Indian Army has further bolstered its presence in at least three strategic heights in the southern bank of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh, days after foiling China’s “provocative” actions to change the status quo in the area, government sources said on Wednesday.

The south of Pangong Tso area, which has been witnessing simmering tensions, is currently dominated by the Indian Army. In the last few days, the Chinese army had made multiple attempts to change the status quo in the southern area of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. But, all these attempts were foiled by the alert Indian troops.

Earlier, the army of India and China held Brigade Commander-level talks in Chushul with a focus on bringing down tensions in the Pangong lake area, sources said, adding similar dialogue on Monday and Tuesday, each lasting over six hours, did not produce any “tangible outcome”.

Sources said India has achieved tactical gains in eastern Ladakh in the last few days by occupying a number of strategically important hill tops and locations.