Officials linked to the Indian Army reported Tuesday that millions of dollars are being invested in infrastructure, and thousands of military troops are being sent to the border with China. The advance is in response to the constant threats in the region by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In the border area of Ladakh, the Indian Army is reportedly rapidly building military infrastructure and adding state-of-the-art weaponry for the new troops, with the sole aim of countering the Chinese military buildup following the armed conflict in June 2020.
One of the officials above, who preferred not to give names to protect his identity, stressed that after the clashes with the Chinese military and taking into account the advance of the CCP’s Army on the border, it is imperative to improve the efficiency of Indian military deployments in the region.
Among the works carried out include the construction of modular shelters for troops deployed in the mountains over 18,000 feet, shelters for reserve troops in strategic locations, storage facilities for tanks and equipment, subway facilities for ammunition and general weapons storage, airstrips, new roads, bridges and tunnels to improve connectivity in complex terrain.
As reported, the modular bunkers are 3D printed and will be active from next year. In addition, the modern shelters will withstand a direct hit from tank shells, which will undoubtedly provide better protection for front-line soldiers guarding the country’s border with China.
More than 20 such shelters have already been built, and hundreds are expected next year, according to reports.
Roots of the conflict
The territorial dispute affects around 2,170 miles (3,488 km) along the border between the two countries. The conflicts began in May 2020 after the CCP refused to allow India to construct a road near its border.
Since then, the tension along the entire area remained latent with critical moments, such as the melee with clubs, stones, and handguns that took place on June 15, leaving almost 30 Indian soldiers dead, several wounded, and an uncertain number of Chinese possibly killed.
Since then, there have been at least 18 talks between the two countries, and although a breakthrough remains elusive, there is no explicit interest in an armed confrontation by either side.
However, the CCP, since then, has not stopped increasing its troops, armaments, and infrastructure in the region, as shown by satellite images and detailed by witnesses.
In this sense, India was far behind in terms of military deployment in the region, but without explaining further, it seems that now it has clear intentions to catch up with its opponent.
The Indian and Chinese armies have held some twenty rounds of talks so far, but problems at various points along the long border line that divides them are still on the negotiating table.
The agreements are behind closed doors, and little information is coming from either side. Still, inevitably military deployment raises a great deal of uncertainty and concern among the public.