søndag 30. august 2020

Ladakh Standoff: India’s Defense Chief Notes Military Option on the Table

The India-China crisis in eastern Ladakh shows no sign of abating three and half months after it started. On June 15, armies of the two countries clashed at a location there leading to the deaths of 21 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops — the worst incident of violence in more than half a century. Indian media report that talks between military commanders from both sides are deadlocked, with neither side willing to make concessions.

On Monday, the Indian chief of defense staff, General Bipin Rawat, pointedly noted that the military option remains on the table should negotiations at the military and diplomatic level to resolve the dispute fail. At the same time, other recent media reports suggest that a massive buildup of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a largely undefined boundary that separates Indian and Chinese territory.