Highlights:
• Gen MM Naravane expressed concerns regarding the military build-up by China in the eastern Ladakh region
• He said that the new infrastructure development to sustain the large-scale deployment is also a matter of concern
• Gen Naravane said that the Indian side will maintain its presence too if the PLA is going to stay
• Naravane added that they are keeping a close watch on the troop build-up and deployments

On Saturday, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff, expressed concerns regarding China’s military build-up in the eastern Ladakh region and said that the new infrastructure development to support the large-scale deployment is also a matter of concern.

Gen Naravane said that it indicates the PLA is going to stay, and he mentioned that the Indian side will maintain its presence too if the PLA is going to stay. He added that they are keeping a close watch on the troop build-up and deployments to ensure that they do not get into any misadventure once again. Naravane said that the build-up and the infrastructure development on the Indian side are “as good as what PLA has done.”

Furthermore, the Chief of Army Staff stated that an LoC-like situation (Line of Control) might be created though not an active LC like the western front if the Chinese PLA maintains deployment through the second winter. He added that the Indian Army will also maintain its presence on its side if the Chinese military continues with its deployment.

The militaries of both sides have been engaged in a standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for almost 17 months. A series of talks resulted in the disengagement of both sides from several friction points this year.

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