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LAC Standoff: Hindi speeches, Punjabi songs … China using new tactics on Pangong Tso in Ladakh.

Sept. 17, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

Aasif Suhaf, Leh: The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has started new psychological warfare along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. 

The PLA has fitted speakers at their position and has started announcing troop deployment of the Indian Army in Hindi. Through these loudspeakers, the PLA also explains the repercussions of staying at the high mountains in eastern Ladakh for the Indian Army in the winters. In between these sermons in Hindi, the PLA plays Punjabi songs.

A top army official said this has started after the Indian Army gave a befitting reply to the PLA in eastern Ladakh, particularly in areas of south of the Pangong Tso from Thakum to Rezang La, taking control of all the major heights. He said the Indian Army has strengthened its presence in Northern Pangong Tso and is bracing for a long haul which has irked the Chinese.

He said initially the PLA showed aggression and try to overpower the Indian army by launching multiple offensives between August 29 to September 11, but every time the Red Army failed to achieve its objectives due to stiff resistance from the Indian Army.

The PLA tried everything, using the playbook of the 1962 war, but all their moves were countered, the official said, pleading anonymity.

“Now, after having failed in offensive action, the Chinese have brought this old psychological tool to fight the Indian Army but they will gain nothing out of this,” said an Indian Army source.

He said that the Indian troops posted in Ladakh, particularly along the LAC, have already served two to three tenures in the Ladakh area. As a result, they are familiar with the harsh terrain and are capable of being deployed in any extreme condition in Ladakh.

Meanwhile, sources said that China is not confirming dates for a fresh round of talks at the corps commander level.

The Corps Commander talks had been agreed by China during the last brigadier level talks between the two armies. However, PLA is yet to come back with confirmed dates.  It was earlier agreed that talks were to be held in the first part of this week. With the Chinese Army dithering, the Indian army is not taking any chance and is extra alert along the LAC and on the western sector bordering Pakistan as well.

Sources said that the situation in Ladakh remains tense after at least four rounds of firing between India and China at the LAC.

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