LAC face to face: Is Pangong Tso just a smokescreen and Depsang is China’s main target? | India news

LAC face to face: Is Pangong Tso just a smokescreen and Depsang is China’s main target? | India news

New Delhi: Despite a detailed statement made by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament to the strategically located Depsang Plains in Ladakh, Chinese troops have been blocking all Indian patrols since April and a massive mobilization by two rivals in the area No mention was made.
When asked about this by TOI on Thursday, a senior defense official said that Depsang was an “old issue”, which was “similar or limited” with “new flashpoints” in Pangong Tso-Chushul, Gogra-Hotspring and the Galvan Valley region. should not be. this year.
“There is no immediate military stand-off in Depsang, where there are widespread overlapping claims about the Line of Actual Control (LAC). He said that there has been no new attempt to change the status quo.
But there is growing concern among security circles that China may draw India’s attention from the less important Dipsung area along the border in Ladakh through its aggressive maneuvers in Pangong Tso-Chushul and other areas.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been actively preventing Indian troops from going to their traditional patrolling points 10, 11, 11A, 12 and 13 in Depsang for the last five months, much earlier than India’s LAC claims Are less. , As previously reported by TOI.
PLA soldiers are camping near the ‘bottleneck’ or ‘y-junction’ area in Depsang, which is about 18 km inside their own territory of India, taking action to block an Indian patrol whenever they arrive. Swing in
China, in fact, boasts an area of ​​972 sq km in area. A main concern for Beijing is that the Depsang-Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) region is close to its Western Highway G-219, which connects the Tibetan Autonomous Region to Xinjiang.
The PLA has deployed more than 12,000 soldiers with tanks and artillery guns from its 4th Motorized Infantry Division and 6th Mechanized Infantry Division.
Since May, India has counter-deployed to the Depsang Tabletop Plateau with two additional brigades (each with about 3,000 soldiers) as well as tanks and mechanized infantry regiments, a DBO advance landing located at an altitude of 16,000 feet. There is access to the ground. And the important Karakoram Pass in the north.
Another official said, “India is trying to flow southward from the points of friction in China’s hands and may allow the PLA to get away from what it wants.”
“Unlike the Line of Control with Pakistan, which is physically conducted with permanent deployment, the only way to suppress our claim with LAC is to patrol our PPS. But access to our PPS has been cut off in Depsang.
The last contingent at the Dipasang Plains was, incidentally, in April – May 2013. The PLA troops then camped in the Raki Nala area, 19 km across the LAC, after 21 days of engagements and diplomatic negotiations with eventual confrontation.

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