Nov. 25, 2020, 12:36 p.m.
Leh: After starting a military confrontation with India in May, China deployed a large number of troops in Ladakh, but now Chinese soldiers are not able to bear the cold in the Himalayan region.
The morale of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deployed in harsh weather along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh has decreased. The top intelligence agencies have given this information.
Sources said China has started setting up a fitness center along with a hot swimming pool, hot tub, library and other facilities to recreate the soldiers and boost their morale.
China has deployed thousands of its troops along the LAC to change the status quo in the border areas. Now, with the onset of winter and the temperature being at least minus 30 degrees Celsius, the situation of Chinese troops has deteriorated. Their activity has also decreased in harsh weather.
Sources also said that China is facing a shortage of warm clothing for specific cold climates and is going to make its emergency purchases. Sources said that with poor quality of clothes and housing, PLA soldiers are struggling to survive in temperatures below zero.
Sources said that the PLA Joint Logistics Assistance Force (JLSF) has formed a quality supervision team for emergency procurement of wearables in extreme cold climate. This team is tasked with ensuring good quality clothes and fast delivery to the forward area troops.
LAC has Chinese and Indian troops stationed in harsh weather conditions. There has been a deadlock over the LAC in East Ladakh between the armies of the two countries for the last eight months. The two countries are also engaged in dialogue at the military and diplomatic levels in order to resolve the border dispute along the LAC.
The Army of the two countries have held eight rounds of Corps Commander level talks and the ninth round of talks to repel the troops is also due soon.