Chinese Reserve Exercises, Villages, and Formations Increase Along ALC: Eastern Army Commander
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has increased the frequency and duration of annual training exercises along the Real Line of Control (LAC) at the eastern borders and has also continued to deploy some of its formations of reserve in the deep zones, the commander of the Army of the East, Lt said Tuesday the general Manoj Pande.
He added that China is also developing villages along the contested ALC and while they may not be occupied at present, the Indian military is concerned that they may be dual-use – civilian. and military.
Speaking to a group of reporters in Rupa in Arunachal, Lt. Gen. Pande said there had been a “marginal increase” in Chinese patrol activity at LAC, and that local commanders were resolving any confrontation with the LAC. Indian troops in accordance with established protocols.
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“We have a robust dispute resolution mechanism. The local commanders play an important role here because they have a mutual understanding with the commanders on the other side. Three hotlines were already there and a fourth has also been operationalized, ”he said.
Lt. Gen. Pande said India and China are developing infrastructure near the LAC and this sometimes causes problems. He further said that the Eastern Command is adopting and purchasing multiple niche technological equipment for surveillance, a variety of drones and counter-drone systems, better radios and radars, and also improving vision capabilities. nocturnal.
He added that there had been a huge push on infrastructure throughout the eastern sector, including new roads, bridges and air bases at advanced locations. He said there should be enhanced cooperation between the Border Roads Organization (BRO), the National Highway and Infrastructure Development Company (NHIDCL) and the PWD involved in road construction across the state. .
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Asked about Doklam, where India and China were embroiled in a tense military stalemate in 2017, Lt. Gen. Pande said the two sides were aware of their mutual sensitivities and that troop levels in the region had failed. not increased.
Speaking about Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs), he said that given the changeable nature of warfare, IBG is a “logical step towards our efforts to wage and win the wars of the future in an integrated environment”. IBGs are military units that would include a mix of infantry, artillery, air defense, tanks, and logistics elements to help carry out rapid strikes in the event of war.
Approval in principle has been given to the establishment of the IBGs and the exact structures have yet to evolve, Lt. Gen. Pande said.
He added that the lifting of the 17th Mountain Strike Corps is complete and all of its units, including logistics and combat elements, are fully equipped.
Speaking of the sensitive Siliguri Corridor, India’s tenuous link with the northeast region, Lt. Gen. Pande said a joint coordination mechanism with different stakeholders such as the military and central agencies was working together to threaten this corridor.
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