India-China troops locked in tense standoff at Spanggur Gap, Ladakh

New Delhi: India-China troops are locked in a tense standoff at Spanggur Gap, a strategic location near Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, with thousands of soldiers, tanks, and howitzers deployed within rifle range of each other. The situation remains high alert, raising concerns about a potential escalation.

Provocative Deployment by China:

The standoff began on August 30th when the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made provocative military deployments at Spanggur Gap, located between Gurung Hill and Magar Hill. This move came soon after Indian soldiers secured tactical heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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Mirror Deployments by India:

In response to the Chinese action, the Indian Army mirrored the PLA’s deployment at Spanggur Gap, bringing both sides’ forces within firing range. Government officials confirmed this move, highlighting the seriousness of the situation.

China’s Militia Reinforcement:

Further complicating the situation, China has deployed its militia squads to “consolidate the border” and “stabilize Tibet.” These irregular forces, comprising mountaineers, boxers, and local fight club members, are tasked with dislodging Indian soldiers from the occupied heights.

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India Ready to Retaliate:

The Indian Army has made it clear that it will retaliate if China makes any further provocative moves. This raises concerns about a potential outbreak of conflict, especially considering the presence of heavily armed troops in close proximity on both sides of Pangong Tso.

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Ongoing Standoff:

This standoff at Spanggur Gap is just one aspect of the larger four-month-long standoff between India and China along the LAC in eastern Ladakh. Despite multiple rounds of talks, no breakthrough has been achieved, and the deadlock continues.

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The situation at Spanggur Gap remains precarious, and the potential for a military escalation cannot be ignored. Continued diplomatic efforts are crucial to de-escalate the situation and avoid a serious conflict between the two Asian giants.