According to reports, ever since the February 2021 disengagement in the Pangong Tso area, China has been rotating its troops in the “depth areas” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and is intensifying its military position along the disputed border with India, adding fuel to the border conflict.
Besides, the temporary structures such as helipads, ammunition dumps, and surface-to-air missiles that the Chinese PLA had put in place following the Galwan Valley clash are now being converted to permanent positions.
Withdrawal From Ladakh’s Pangong Tso Was A ‘Grave Mistake’ - Former Indian Army General
Also Read by IADN: India-China Border Disengagement: India Lacks the ‘Art of Warfare’
“India had an operational and tactical advantage over China in the Pangong Tso region which could have made it easier for us to negotiate peace at the border with them.” – Maj. Gen. Raj Mehta, AVSM, VSM (Retd.)
Calling it a “complete status quo” and a “disaster for India”, General Mehta said that “vacating certain key-heights at Pangong Tso was a grave mistake.”
After retreating from the Pangong Tso, the PLA had blandly refused to pull back from other friction points such as Gogra, Hot Springs, Demchok, and Depsang Plains, raising a major concern for India.