India will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change the status quo or alter the Line of Effective Control (LAC), External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Saturday, while saying that through a huge logistical effort , the country had countered the Chinese. at LAC in eastern Ladakh.
The statement comes two years after the Galwan clash, in which 20 Indian soldiers, including the commander, were killed – the first deadly clash in the border area in four decades sparked massive deployments of troops and heavy weapons by both armies in and around the area.
In the clash, an undisclosed number of PLA soldiers were also killed. Colonel B Santosh Babu, Commander of the 16th Bihar Regiment, was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) for extraordinary courage and leadership, and five other soldiers were honored with the Vir Chakra (VrC) for their bravery in the Galwan Valley.
But “trust” was the biggest casualty between the two neighbors (in the Galwan clash), which took decades to recover after the 1962 war, according to military planners.
Speaking of the border line east of Ladakh, Jaishankar said that China, in violation of 1993 and 1996 agreements not to mass troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), chose to do so. , and added that his attempt was obviously to unilaterally change the LAC.
“Even though we were in the middle of COVID-19 at the time, thanks to a huge logistical effort, which I think sometimes wasn’t recognized enough by people, by analysts, even in our policy in this country, we were actually able to counter them at LAC,” Jaishankar said at a town hall hosted by CNN-News18.
Elaborating on the line, he said some people had a simplistic idea of the border and that one usually did not deploy at the patrol point and troops were in deep areas.