India reorients around 50,000 troops at border with China

The reorientation comes when China is refurbishing its existing air-fields in Tibetan Plateau that will allow twin-engines fighter aircraft to be stationed, sources said

AgenciesUpdated: Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 02:05 AM IST
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with Air Warriors of Indian Air Force at IAF station, in Leh on Monday. | ANI

Ladakh: For the first time in 70 years, India has changed its posture towards China, unlike its previous defensive approach that placed a premium on fending on Chinese aggression, India is now catering military options to strike back and has reoriented its military accordingly.

India has reoriented around 50,000 troops whose main focus will be the disputed border with China.

Sources said that the Mathura-based 1 strike Corp, earlier tasked to cross the western borders into Pakistan, has been reoriented from its position to disputed border areas with China.

In addition to this, in the Central Sector – the least disputed portion of the border running along with Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand to Nepal, deployment has also been strengthened with at least division level troops. A Division of the Indian Army has at least 10,000 troops.

The reorientation comes when China is refurbishing its existing air-fields in Tibetan Plateau that will allow twin-engines fighter aircraft to be stationed, sources said. In addition, China has also brought troops from the Tibet Military region to the Xinjiang region — which largely extends from Karakoram pass to down south Uttarakhand. Further, they have deployed larger numbers of long-range artillery and are rapidly building infrastructure in the Tibetan Plateau.

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