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China's intent has been to keep boundary issue alive, says Army chief

He told a group of journalists that Indian troops continue to hold 'important positions' along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and that the Army has a 'robust posture' to confront any situation

China | Beijing | Indian Army

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Manoj Pande
Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande | Photo: PTI

The basic issue with remains the resolution of the boundary question but Beijing's intent has been to keep it “alive”, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said on Monday, asserting that Indian troops are adequately deployed to deal with any situation along the frontier.

Gen Pande said the Army's aim is to restore the status quo ante prior to April 2020 and that guidance has been given to the troops deployed along the border to remain firm and resolute in their tasks.

The Army chief told a group of journalists that Indian troops continue to hold “important positions” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and that the Army has a “robust posture” to confront any situation.

“The basic issue remains the resolution of the border. What we see is that China's intent has been to keep the boundary issue alive,” he said.

“What we need as a country is a ‘whole of nation’ approach and in the military domain, this is to prevent and counter any attempt to alter the status quo at the LAC,” he added.

Gen Pande, who took the reins of the Army over a week ago, said the diplomatic and military talks between the two sides resulted in the disengagement of troops on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso, Gogra and Patrolling Point 14 in Galwan, and added, "We hope to find resolution through dialogue in remaining areas.” “Our aim is to restore status quo ante prior to April 2020,” he said.

The eastern faceoff began on May 4-5 in 2020. India has been insisting on the restoration of the status quo ante prior to the standoff.

The aim is to establish trust and tranquillity on both sides but it cannot be a “one-way affair”, he said. “Our troops continue to hold important positions along the . As far as the situation is concerned, guidance given to the troops is to remain firm and resolute in the task they are undertaking and prevent attempts to change the status quo,” he said.

‘Supply chain of ammunition impacted because of war’

India will have to monitor very closely the geopolitical flux including the realignment of forces following the Russia-Ukraine conflict and needs to ensure that the ongoing situation does not divert attention from the developments in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said on Monday.

Talking about the immediate impact of the conflict on the Army, Gen Pande said that the supply chain of certain ammunition and spares has been affected to some extent but added that the available stocks are adequate to last for a reasonable period of time in the immediate future.

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First Published: Mon, May 09 2022. 22:31 IST