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Army Chief visits forward areas in Eastern Ladakh to review military preparedness

Army Chief General Manoj Pandey visited some of the most difficult and inaccessible advance spots in eastern Ladakh and reviewed India’s overall military preparedness during his three-day visit to the region amid the border dispute with China, officials said on Saturday. He said the Chief of Army Staff interacted with troops at several places along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the high altitude region and took stock of the ground situation.

General Pandey concluded his three-day visit to Ladakh on Saturday. Officials said the army chief along with senior commanders visited some of the most difficult and inaccessible forward places in eastern Ladakh and had a firsthand view of the prevailing situation.

“Gen Manoj Pandey #COAS visited forward areas in #Ladakh to review operational preparedness. The #COAS interacted with the soldiers and appreciated them for their perseverance and high morale,” the Army tweeted. On Thursday, senior commanders briefed General Pandey at the Fire and Fury Corps headquarters in Leh about the overall security situation in eastern Ladakh.

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The Fire and Fury Corps is responsible for guarding the LAC with China in the Ladakh region. Days after Gen Pandey’s visit to Ladakh, he said China intends to “keep alive” the overall border question with India, though it remains a “core” issue between the two countries.

Referring to the eastern Ladakh border row, the army chief had said the Indian Army aims to re-establish “trust and peace” between the two sides, but added that “it cannot be a one-sided affair”. He also said that the aim of the Indian Army was to restore the status quo in Eastern Ladakh before April 2020.

The Eastern Ladakh faceoff began on May 4-5 in 2022. India has been insisting on restoration of status quo before the impasse. India and China have so far held 15 rounds of military talks to resolve the Eastern Ladakh dispute. As a result of the talks, the two sides completed the process of separation last year on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area.

India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility along the LAC is vital for the overall development of bilateral relations. Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive area.

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