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India’s Surge: 10,000 Troops Deployed to Sino-Indian Border Sparks Tension with China

Many media outlets recently reported that India has transferred 10,000 troops from the troops stationed in the western border areas of India to the disputed border areas between India and China in the east to station in the northern Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh between China and India. The border is 532 kilometers long.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Friday (March 8) that such actions by India are “not conducive to maintaining peace and tranquility in the Sino-Indian border areas.”

At the regular press conference of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held on Friday, a US reporter from Bloomberg first asked what China’s comment was on India’s new deployment of 10,000 troops on the Sino-Indian border. Mao Ning replied that India’s strengthening of military deployment in the Sino-Indian border areas is not conducive to the two countries “efforts to ease the border situation.”

A reporter from Bloomberg later asked Mao Ning whether China thinks India’s increase in troops on the border is dangerous. Is the Chinese military considering taking retaliatory measures?

Mao Ning did not directly answer reporters’ questions but said that India’s actions are “not conducive to border peace and tranquility and are not in line with the consensus of both sides to jointly ease border tensions.”

India and China have a 3,800-kilometer-long border with a complex topography and many disputes. In 2020, the armies of the two countries had a serious conflict in the Galwan Valley in the Eastern Ladakh region, resulting in the deaths of at least 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers. After that, the armies of the two countries strengthened the strength and equipment of their respective border garrisons and consolidated their respective defensive positions.

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The two countries also had a large-scale border conflict in 1962.

On the other hand, the two militaries have held many negotiations and agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels. A constructive dialogue has recently been held on resolving the border issue in the Western sector.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh warned at a defense summit in New Delhi on Thursday that if India is attacked, the Indian army will respond appropriately. Although Singer did not mention China by name, Chinese commentators said that this was clearly a reflection of China.

US news magazine Newsweek quoted Singh as saying, “Once any country attacks India, whether from land, air, or sea, our military will respond firmly.”

Singh said that India “has never attacked any country, nor has it ever attacked any country. Not occupying an inch of any country’s land. But if anyone dares to bat an eyelid at us, we will respond accordingly.”

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