Nearly a year after violent clashes in the Galvan Valley of eastern Ladakh, China has once again intensified suspicious activities near the border. News agency ANI’s report said that China has started mobilizing new weapons systems along the border with India, complicating efforts for a peaceful settlement.
The Asia Times, quoting Global Times, said in its report that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has announced the deployment of new self-propelled rapid-fire mortars for ‘mobile hit and run firing positions’. The mortar brought into this area is the fourth type of system.
Many systems were brought
Earlier, self-propelled howitzers of 122 mm caliber, armed assault vehicle and long-range multiple rocket launcher systems have been introduced. The missile system and rocket have been identified as the HQ-17A field air defense missile system and the PHL-11 122 millimeter caliber self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system.
The report stated that it would be difficult to transport these weapons in high altitude areas, even if they were airdroped by helicopter.
Tension started in May last year
Earlier, India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had said that India’s relationship with China stands at a crossroads. There is no confidence in whether the Chinese side will abide by its promises and the agreements reached between the two countries. After the tensions began in May last year, the Chinese army had moved up to about 8 km from the LAC and set up tents at several places in eastern Ladakh.
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Symbolic Picture (Global Times)