tirsdag 6. oktober 2020

India secures eastern borders as threats loom

As part of its effort to fully secure its borders and avoid being encircled, India made another move to plug its eastern and south-eastern fronts as threats loomed in the north and west. China continues to occupy areas of Ladakh, and Pakistan has turned up the heat with unprovoked fire and shelling from the west. The chief of the Indian Army, General Manoj Naravane, and Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla worked to resolve projects and commitments with Myanmar following two days of talks with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the defense chief.

India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar will be in Tokyo for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) on October 6 to meet with his American, Japanese and Australian counterparts. They will discuss the pandemic and “regional issues” such as China’s role in the East China Sea, South China Sea and Ladakh. Since its incursion into Ladakh and illegal occupation of Indian territories, China has turned its attention to India’s north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which it threateningly refers to as southern Tibet. In response, India has beefed up its presence in the area. A part of its defensive move, it is seeking to plug infiltration avenues.