Chinese infra build-up at LAC alarming, says Gen Flynn

China talks led to some disengagement: MEA

New Delhi: Chinese activity near Ladakh is “eye-opening” and some of the infrastructure being created is alarming, said US Army’s Pacific Commanding General Charles A. Flynn in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“I believe that the activity level is eye-opening and I think the some of the infrastructure that is being created in the western theatre command is alarming,” Flynn told a select group of journalists. General Flynn said China’s ”incremental and insidious path, and destabilizing and corrosive behavior” projected on to the region was “simply not helpful”.

On Chinese military expansion in the Ladakh region, US General Charles A Flynn said, “One has to ask the question, ‘why?’”

The armed forces of India and China have been engaged in a tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, when there was a violent clash between the two sides in the Galwan valley. Despite more than a dozen rounds of military talks, the Chinese have not withdrawn from several areas that they illegally occupy after breaching the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that New Delhi is carefully monitoring the developments. “The government is committed to and takes all adequate and appropriate measures to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty as the developments in recent years have clearly demonstrated,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a media interaction.

Meanwhile, China Thursday said situation is stabilizing at Sino-India border, but US fueling the fire.

Indo-US high altitude war game

India and the US are set to conduct high-altitude training missions at an altitude of between 9,000-10,000 feet in the Himalayas as part of the Yuddh Abhyas exercises this October. The location has not been specified. Indian forces will then train in similar extreme-cold weather conditions in Alaska. This would include new technology, Air Force assets, attack aviation, logistics, and information sharing on a real-time basis. “These are all invaluable opportunities that the Indian Army and the US Army can capitalize on,” General Flynn said.

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