NEW DELHI: Army chief General Manoj Pande on Friday reviewed the operational preparedness in forward areas of the middle sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, emphasising the need for vigil and alertness along the borders.
During his ongoing three-day visit to forward posts at the LAC in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Gen Pande, accompanied by Central Command chief Lt-General Yogendra Dimri, was briefed by the local commanders about the prevailing situation in the region.
China has not yet shown any signs of de-escalation and de-induction of troops in the continuing over two-year-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, with the two sides continuing to forward deploy over 50,000 soldiers each along with heavy weapons along the frontier, despite multiple rounds of diplomatic and military talks.
India has also kept all its Army formations and IAF air-bases geared towards the three sectors of the unresolved 3,488-km LAC — western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal) – in a high state of operational readiness.
“Gen Pande is scheduled to witness the high-altitude operational capabilities of deployed formations, including mountaineering skills and long-range patrolling, during the visit. He is also reviewing the ongoing infrastructure and development work and the Army-citizen connect in the forward areas,” an officer said.
“While interacting with the commanders during his visit, the Army chief emphasised the need for vigil and alertness along the borders. He expressed his satisfaction at the rapid improvement of the defensive posture and operational readiness of formations. He appreciated the absorption of modern technologies in undertaking persistent surveillance,” he added.
China has systematically built and consolidated its military positions and border infrastructure all along the LAC as well as upgraded its air bases facing India. The latest example is China’s construction of a second bridge across the Pangong Tso in the Khurnak Fort area, illegally occupied by China since 1958, for better connectivity of its troops between the north and south banks of the brackish lake, as was earlier reported by TOI.
On Wednesday, the US Army’s Pacific Commanding General Charles A Flynn had described China’s rapid build-up of military infrastructure along the LAC as “alarming” and the activity level of its People’s Liberation Army’s as “eye-opening”.

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