Army firm on key heights despite PLA poke & prod

NEW DELHI: In the days following the Indian Army’s surprise move in taking control of key heights in the Pangong Tso area and ahead of the S Jaishankar-Wang Yi meeting, China repeatedly poked and prodded along the border in a bid to test the Indian response.
The big deployments in the Chushul area meant to intimidate, and pin-pointed thrusts that attempted to dislodge freshly acquired Indian positions, failed to deter India from holding onto its gains even as it counter-mobilised to signal its resolve.
Sources in the government said the probing along and land grabs cannot be ruled out, but India has made its preparedness for proactive action clear.
It was pointed out that in the past, it would have taken several days to track the five Arunachal Pradesh youth who went “missing” on the Chinese side. Their disappeavarious points of the border was intense but the Chinese found the Indian forces in a high state of readiness.
They were swift in warning PLA troops against advances on Indian positions which were detected far quicker that the Chinese anticipated. More thrusts rance was not seen as happenstance and Indian administration and Army officials were able to track the youth and contact the Chinese authorities. Similarly, Indian forces returned some 13 yak and some calves that had “strayed” across after detecting their presence without delay.
The main irritant for China, however, was the Indian action at Pangong where troops turned tables on PLA by the audacious act of ascending steep hills in the dark to control the heights. The manoeuvre, along with repositioning troops on top of some of the spurs on the north bank, gave Indian forces control to the “gate” of the particular valley.

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