The Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused New Delhi’s military deployments along the border of being the “root cause” of the current standoff. In response, the Indian Foreign Ministry blamed Beijing for “disturbing” the peace and tranquility at the border by amassing a huge number of troops and trying to “unilaterally” alter the status quo.
India has allegedly “redirected” nearly 50,000 troops to its border with China as it assumes an “offensive military posture” against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the ongoing standoff in the eastern Ladakh region, a media report claimed on Monday.
According to Bloomberg, India now has nearly 200,000 troops at the Ladakh border, a 40-percent increase from last year. Indian officials have been quoted as saying that the additional deployment of troops will allow Indian commanders more options in “attacking and seizing” territory from the Chinese PLA.
New Delhi, at the same time, has been de-escalating tensions along the western border with Pakistan. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has even said that the South Asian nation is “fully-prepared” for a two-front war with Pakistan and China.
India’s purported troop movements come amid reports of the Chinese PLA recently moving troops from its Xinjiang Military District to the Tibetan Military Command in the Western Theatre Command. Besides troops, the PLA is also said to have deployed advanced weapons systems along the Indian border, including…