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Latest Satellite Images Reaffirm India’s Strategic Deployment In Ladakh With Big Guns And Tanks

The latest satellite images reaffirm India’s strategic deployments along the LAC in Ladakh where the country’s troops are locked in a standoff with the Chinese PLA.

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Open-source intelligence Twitter handle @detresfa_ has shared satellite images showing the deployment of Indian Army soldiers at several strategic points such as Pangong Tso as well as Rezang La and Rechin La mountain passes. They also show positions of heavy armament like battle tanks in the region.

Meanwhile, India and China are preparing for the ninth round of military commander-level talks. The two sides have been engaged in several rounds of military and diplomatic level discussions since May 2020, but there has been no progress in the disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Tan Kefe was quoted by NDTV as saying on Thursday that Beijing and New Delhi are in consultations to hold the ninth round of Corps Commander-level meeting to discuss the disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh.

Both sides have deployed thousands of troops on their sides of the border and continue to hold key strategic positions.

Earlier, the Indian media highlighted that the appointment of General Zhang Xudong as Commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theatre Command, which oversees the China-India border, might work in India’s favor. His predecessor General Zhao Zongqi is known for his anti-India stance.

The EurAsian Times has already reported that General Zhao is seen as the man directly responsible for the Chinese army’s aggressive stance at the Ladakh border where the two armies had a bloody clash on June 15, leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

Army Getting Adequate Supplies

A video doing the rounds on social media shows snow clearing operations being undertaken by India’s Border Road Organization at Zoji La. The mountain pass, located at an altitude of 11,575 ft, witnesses very heavy snowfall, up to 30-40 feet, throughout the winters.

The pass that connects Srinagar with Leh has been opened by the government for traffic for the first time amid extreme winters. Since the Indian troops are serving at the forward positions at subzero temperatures, additional detachment of the necessary equipment, clothing, shelter, and manpower has been stationed on either side of the pass to ensure sustained supplies to the army.

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