After Galwan, China realized the need for better training, changed deployment: CDS Bipin Rawat
CDS Bipin Rawat said that after the Galwan clash, China recognized the need for better training and made changes to its deployment in the mountainous terrain of the Himalayas.
CDS Bipin Rawat said the Chinese soldiers are enlisted for a short time and have no experience of fighting in the Himalayas. (PTI)
After confronting Indian forces along the Real Line of Control (LAC) last year in the Galwan Valley and other parts of the Ladakh region, the Chinese military realized it needed better training and preparation, said the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat.
Speaking to India Today TV, CDS Bipin Rawat said the Chinese soldiers are mostly short enlisted and have no experience of fighting in the Himalayan mountains.
âThe Chinese deployment on the border with India has undergone a change, especially after the incidents in Galwan and other regions in May-June 2020. Subsequently, they realized that they needed to be better trained and better prepared. CDS Rawat said when asked about the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) new activity alongside the ALC.
The Chinese side suffered heavy losses in the clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020, after clashing with trained Indian soldiers. âTheir soldiers come mainly from the civilian streets. They are enlisted for a short period. They don’t have a lot of experience to fight in these areas and operate in this area, âhe added.
General Rawat said that as India has to monitor all of China’s activities in the region, Indian soldiers are very skilled at fighting here. âThe Tibet Autonomous Region is a difficult area. It is a mountainous region. You need specialized training for this, in which our soldiers are very skilled, because we have a lot of training in mountain warfare, we operate in the mountains and continually maintain our presence, “he said.
âWhile for the Chinese, that’s not it. It’s now part of the training they do. We have to keep our guard and monitor all Chinese activities. In doing so, we have to maintain our presence along the way. LAC, âhe added.
When asked if the northern front had become as important as the western front due to the increased deployment of forces, CDS Rawat said: âWe have maintained a kind of posture that our troops deployed on the northern borders are also able to manage the western frontier and vice versa. Yes, we have committed additional troops to the northern border, as we see that they are becoming more and more active and pose a main threat to us. “
However, he added that both fronts remain a priority for India.
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