Calm at LAC since Moscow Pact, Indian Army prepares for winter

China deploys 10,000 troops at Pangong Tso; 50 battalions along LAC in Ladakh: Report

China deploys 10,000 troops at Pangong Tso; 50 battalions along LAC in Ladakh: Report

The move was triggered by a border dispute with China that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand combat. Singh said the Chinese side has also mobilised a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC as well as in the depth areas.

In Parliament on Tuesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged the wide differences in India and China's perception on the course of the LAC-a critical complication in the negotiations.

"There was consensus between the ministers of the two sides, during both the meetings, that there should be quick and complete disengagement of troops from all friction areas along the LAC".

Eastern Ladakh, where the flare-up occurred, is typically manned by 20,000-30,000 soldiers. But the deployment has more than doubled with the tensions, a military official said, declining to provide exact numbers.

"We have mirrored the increase in Chinese troops", the official said, adding the Indian military was well-prepared but did not want further escalation or a prolonged conflict.

Singh said that initially both sides were committed to reaching a common understanding on the LAC but China dropped the subject after 2003.

Faced with the prospect of a protracted stand-off between massed forces on either side of the LAC, the sources said that New Delhi has authorised an emergency military acquisition programme that could run to over $1 billion.

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The materials are stored across a network of logistics hubs.

The assessment of the retired army officer titled "Operational logistic readiness of the Indian Army" was contained in a statement circulated to the media by the Army's Northern Command PRO in Udhampur earlier in the day. Diplomats of the two countries are also expected to meet soon under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, this person said. "What does it mean when defence minister says government will do everything to protect the sovereignty", he asked.

Maj Gen Arvind Kapoor, Chief of Staff, Fire and Fury Corps speaking to reporters in Ladakh said, "We have enough equipment, state of the art facility-habitat, health and hygiene, best quality ration- highly nutritional". He provided no figure. After the talks, India and China released a joint statement, according to which they would "continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance, ease tensions and work towards new confidence-building measures".

"PLA commanders aren't thinking the same way India does about territory", one intelligence official said.

Singh added that it was the Chinese Army that provoked the Indian troops.

"The first incident happened when the Indian Army preempted the Chinese attempt to occupy heights near Southern Bank of Pangong lake between August 29-31 while the second incident occurred near Mukhpari height on September 7", Army sources said.

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