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In weeks before Galwan Valley clash, IAF had helped deploy Army personnel and equipment to Ladakh, besides bringing in winter stocks for the additional soldiers posted there.
Gautam Bambawale, former Indian ambassador to China, tells ThePrint India needs to build strong coalitions, like the Quad, to face the military coercion China is attempting in eastern Ladakh.
Lt Gen. Manoj Pande will be the new Eastern Army Commander and Lt Gen. Ajai Singh will take over the charge of Andaman and Nicobar Command.
With tensions continuing with China, India has deployed more troops along the Line of Actual Control this summer than before.
Since last year, India & China have completed disengagement at Galwan Valley, where a clash left 20 Indian soldiers dead in June, and Pangong Tso, the latter executed earlier this year.
China's military Thursday credited the joint efforts with India on disengagement from Pangong Lake but did not say when the pullout will take place from the remaining areas along LAC.
During an 'in-depth' discussion, the MEA said the two sides agreed to maintain close communication and dialogue through both the diplomatic and military channels.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister V Muraleedharan said the objective is to disengage from all friction points and restore peace in the India-China border areas.
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rawat also said India's armed forces will increasingly need to achieve more with less, which requires a relook at current force structures, doctrines & tech.
There should be no doubt that the flawed national security strategy pursued by India over the last seven years requires a course correction. It seems Modi govt has decided to do it now.