India accuses China of Amassing Troops along its Border
October 04, 2021
China is sending troops to their disputed border in considerable numbers, according to India’s army chief, prompting a counter-deployment by New Delhi, which he described as concerning. Following a deadly border battle in the strategically important Galwan river valley in Ladakh region in June last year, tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been high.
Following the clash, the world’s two most populous countries poured tens of thousands of extra troops into the Himalayan highlands.General Manoj Mukund Naravane told reporters in Ladakh that the Chinese troop presence along the 3,500-kilometer (2,200-mile) border had increased inconsiderable numbers, causing concern.
In response, Naravane said the Indian military was beefing up its forces along the border.We’ve also brought in advanced weapons. He was quoted in the Times of India newspaper as saying, “We are strong, quite well-poised to meet any eventuality.Since the June clash, India and China have held high-level military talks, with another meeting expected next week, according to Naravane.
His remarks came days after Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, accused Indian soldiers of crossing the border illegally into Chinese territory, a charge that New Delhi said had “no basis in facts.According to local media last week, nearly 100 Chinese troops crossed the border into Uttarakhand state for several hours in late August, citing unnamed sources.India and China have long accused each other of attempting to take territory along their unofficial border, known as the Line of Actual Control, after a full-scale border war in 1962.