Up to 12,000 Chinese troops have been pushed over the Line of Actual Control into India last month amid border clashes, The Telegraph newspaper has revealed.
Adding that China has occupied more than sixty square kilometres of Indian territory in eastern Ladakh, the newspaper report claimed, citing an unnamed senior Indian Army official, the dramatic escalation of the simmering tension between the two Asian superpowers echoes Xi Jinping’s expansionism in the South China Sea, where “Beijing has moved to construct military bases in the contested territory and has been unchallenged due to its superior military.”
On the reports of de-escalation this week, the paper said, “it is unclear whether this is rooted in on-the-ground movement, or is simply India trying to save face.”
“A total of forty square kilometres were occupied at Pangong Tso and twenty square kilometres at Galwan River, with smaller incursions at Hot Springs and Demchok,” the senior Indian Army source told the Telegraph.
￼Seventy Indian troops were injured in fist-fighting and stone-throwing as they tried to stop the advance in May 2019.
The report while quoting unnamed sources further claims that China is understood to have built defences at Pangong Tso and moved up to 12,000 troops to the new frontier.
India has also scaled up the presence of troops, transported artillery and Boforus guns to Ladakh.