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Almost all soldiers deployed by PLA at forward points along LAC for the winter are in their early 20s, a move seeking to ensure they can take on harshness of climate.
The 4 Corps under the Eastern Army Command has set up an integrated surveillance centre manned by soldiers from both the Army and the Air Force which tracks the LAC 24x7.
The coming winter could be difficult for Indian troops, and sources fear that by March-April next year, there could even be fresh bout of violence, including possible use of firearms.
The Indian side is expected to seek disengagement as soon as possible in the remaining friction points besides pressing for resolution in Depsang Bulge & Demchok, govt sources said.
India is already well within the targeting range of Beijing’s existing missiles. But an arms race is not good at all for Delhi’s own positioning in international relations.
If a ‘graduated disengagement’ is initiated in Gogra and Hot Springs, this would be the third go at it as China had agreed to do it twice last year.
The manner in which the Modi govt and military have recorded the surgical strikes, Balakot airstrikes and Ladakh crisis has ensured that no authentic account will be written for posterity.
India & China have continued with negotiations to resolve the existing issues in eastern Ladakh while regular patrolling has continued in respective areas along LAC, the Army says.
In an address at a think-tank Friday, CDS General Bipin Rawat also said that India must remain prepared for 'any misadventure' and respond accordingly as it has done in the past.
The Defence Minister's visit comes two days after India and China held a fresh round of diplomatic talks to resolve the prolonged military standoff at Ladakh.