Defense

China’s continuous build-up matter of concern: Army Chief Gen Naravane

The Fact News Service
New Delhi, October 9

The military build-up by China in the eastern Ladakh region and new infrastructure development to sustain the large-scale deployment are matters of concern and India has been keeping a close watch on all the activities by the Chinese PLA, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said on Saturday.

He said if the Chinese military maintains the deployment through the second winter, it may lead to an LoC-like situation (Line of Control) though not an active LoC as is there on the western front with Pakistan.

The Chief of Army Staff said if the Chinese military continues with its deployment, the Indian Army, too, will maintain its presence on its side which is “as good as what the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has done”.

Indian and Chinese militaries have been on a standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for nearly 17 months though both sides disengaged from a number of friction points this year following a series of talks.

“Yes, it is a matter of concern that the large-scale build-up has occurred and continues to be in place, and to sustain that kind of a build-up, there has been an equal amount of infrastructure development on the Chinese side,” Gen Naravane said at a function.

“So, it means that they (PLA) are there to stay. We are keeping a close watch on all these developments, but if they are there to stay, we are there to stay too,” he said.

Gen Naravane said the build-up and the infrastructure development on the Indian side are as good as what PLA has done.

“But what this would, especially if they continue to stay there through the second winter, definitely mean that we will be in a kind of LoC (Line of Control) situation though not an active LoC as is there on the western front,” he said.

“But definitely, we will have to keep a close eye on all the troop build-up and deployments to see that they do not get into any misadventure once again,” the Army Chief said.

To a question, Gen Naravane said it is difficult to understand why China triggered the standoff when the world was reeling under the Covid pandemic and when that country had certain issues on its eastern seaboard.

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