According to a recent security assessment by Ladakh Police, there may be more potential clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along the border, news agency Reuters reported.
The assessment, which is part of a new confidential research paper by the Ladakh Police, was submitted at a conference of top police officers and Reuters has claimed of reviewing it. The Ladakh Police report states that the assessment is based on intelligence gathered by local police in the border areas and the pattern of India-China military tensions over the years.
The assessment assumes significance as it was submitted at a conference attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This conference of top police officers was held from January 20 to 22.
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The report warns that given China's domestic compulsions and economic interests in the region, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is likely to continue building up its military infrastructure and that skirmishes between the two armies would also become more frequent.
The report further states that if the pattern of skirmishes and tensions is analyzed, the intensity has increased since 2013-2014 with an interval of every 2-3 years.
It also suggests that India has been slowly losing ground to China in Ladakh as the border has been pushed inside Indian territory through the creation of buffer zones.
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It is worth noting that at least 24 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number of PLA solidiers were killed when the armies of India and China clashed in Ladakh in 2020, but tensions eased after military and diplomatic talks. However, a fresh clash erupted between the two sides in the eastern Himalayas in December, but there were no deaths.
According to Reuters, both the Indian army and the Chinese foreign ministry did not respond to its requests for comment.