An increase in Chinese troops on the border with India, and the consequent response from New Delhi, which has decided to send them in turn, threatens to raise the tension between the two Asian giants, both in possession of nuclear weapons. As General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who leads the Indian army, said, speaking with reporters in the involved state, Ladakh, the presence of Chinese troops along the 3,500-kilometer border has increased in “considerable numbers” and is a “subject of concern”.
Naravane added that the Indian army is also strengthening its presence: “We have also introduced advanced weapons. We are strong and ready enough to face any eventuality”, he said according to reports. Times of India.
In June 2020, clashes between Indian and Chinese military on the border resulted in at least 20 Indian casualties; since then, both countries have deployed tens of thousands of soldiers in the area; there have also been high-level military talks and Naravane said another meeting is planned for next week; In recent days, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying had accused Indian soldiers of illegally crossing the border, an accusation denied by New Delhi.