India: China deployed military in ‘massive numbers’ at disputed border

Indian squaddies walk on the foothills of a mountain range close to Leh, the principle city inside the Ladakh region

China has deployed huge numbers of troops and weapons alongside a disputed Himalayan border in violation of bilateral agreements, India’s overseas ministry has said, accusing Beijing of escalating tensions and triggering a lethal clash closing week.

“At the coronary heart of the problem is that due to the fact early May, the Chinese aspect have been gathering a massive contingent of troops and armaments alongside the LAC,” overseas ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava stated in a briefing in New Delhi on Thursday, relating to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between the Asian nuclear powers.

Srivastava said “this is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements,” referring to treaties that consist of a 1993 one that dictates that both aspects will hold limited border deployments.

India had “to undertake counter deployments” due to the Chinese buildup, he said as New Delhi stated for the primary time it has matched Beijing in massing troops at their contested Himalayan border.

China has blamed India for the clash – the deadliest among the 2 nuclear-armed neighbours for as a minimum 5 decades – and stated Indian troops attacked Chinese officials and soldiers.

Responding to the heightened Chinese presence final month, India also deployed a huge wide variety of troops along the LAC.