Chinese expansionist designs curbed by Indian Army with deterrence from Indian Air Force
The “unilateral and provocative” actions by the Chinese military to change the status quo by force in more than one area on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) were responded to in a “firm” and “non-escalator way”, the Defence Ministry has said in an annual report. The report said Indian troops are well entrenched to counter any “misadventure” by Chinese forces and that the Indian Army is prepared for any eventuality, adding talks are also progressing to resolve the issue in an amicable manner.
Terming the Chinese actions as “expansionist designs”, the report said Indian troops took pre-emptive action in end-August to occupy strategic heights along the southern bank of Pangong Tso and continue to be deployed there despite harsh weather conditions. “On August 28–29, 2020, own troops in a precautionary deployment, preempted Chinese expansionist designs and occupied heights along the southern bank of Pangong Tso,” it said.
“Indian Army, with assistance from IAF, mobilized troops, including accretionary forces, in a very short duration, including heavy equipment like guns, tanks as also ammunition, rations, and clothing,” the report said, adding that advance winter stocking for troops has been carried out for the enhanced number of troops on the border.