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India Strengthens A Large-Scale Military Force On Its Border With China

An Indian Air Force helicopter is in the upper mountains near the town of Leh, in Ladakh region on June 24. Photo: EPA
An Indian Air Force helicopter is in the upper mountains near the town of Leh, in Ladakh region on June 24. Photo: EPA

According to AFP, both countries are increasing the mobilization of forces to the disputed area at the border after the casualties on June 15. India has demonstrated its military power on the border with its military aircraft, trucks and artillery.

After the clash, despite reaching an agreement to withdraw from the border area, the two sides continued to maintain the appearance of troops in the Galwan valley.

India has recently deployed more large forces here. Yesterday (June 24), many fighters appeared in the sky over the border, the planes came from a military base located in Leh, a town near disputed areas of India.
A convoy of Indian Army passes through Gagangeer along the highway leading to Ladakh on June 22, 2020 in Ganderbal, India. Photo: Waseem Andrabi / Getty image
A convoy of Indian Army passes through Gagangeer along the highway leading to Ladakh on June 22, 2020 in Ganderbal, India. Photo: Waseem Andrabi / Getty image

Not only that, but it has also set up checkpoints along the main road from Leh. Locals said they saw long lines of military trucks and many cannons near where they lived.

ANI news agency said that India has deployed a series of fighters to the area disputed with China, including Sukhoi-30MKI, Mirage 2000, Jaguar, and Apache attack helicopters. The Indian Air Force plans to accelerate the acquisition of 33 fighters from Russia, including 21 MiG-29 aircraft and 12 Su-30MKI aircraft.

According to CNBC, Nirupama Rao, who used to be the Indian ambassador to China from 2006 to 2009, the conflict between the two sides is a major turning point in bilateral relations. India is only expected to do our best to protect our interests when the incidents occur extremely sensitive to the Indo-China bilateral military system.

She also commented that the two countries had a constructive discussion and tried to relax in the disputed area. However, escalating violence, unprecedented in decades, has worsened this relationship.
"We are having a stronger presence in this disputed border region." 
Said an official from the Northern Military District of the Indian army. Tashi Chhepal, a retired Indian army captain, said it was an unprecedented deployment of forces in sensitive areas bordering Pakistan and China. 
He said: 
"I've never seen a military mobilization like this before."
Meanwhile, calls for boycotts of China are spreading in India. This week, Indian officials suspended cooperation projects with China worth more than $ 600 million. The Indian government also plans to raise taxes on hundreds of products originating from China.

According to CNBC, on Wednesday, China's Ministry of Defense said that the responsibility for border conflict between China and India belongs to India, China hopes to maintain peace in the border area.

Experts say the latest dispute with China is likely to push India closer to the United States, Japan, Australia and Southeast Asian countries.

India's foreign policy remains largely strategic autonomy, which means Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government must balance bilateral relations with the United States, as well as China and Russia.


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