Senior Indian officials said the move would chance the status quo along the contested Line of Actual control and stretch the nation’s already stretched military budget.
Last month, 25 Indian soldiers and a number of Chinese troops were killed in violent skirmishes and since then, both sides have rushed thousands of troops, guns and tanks to the region.
B K Sharma, the director of Delhi-based think-tank The United Service Institution of India and retired major general, told the Times of India: “The nature of the Line of control, at least in Ladakh, has changed forever.
“Additional troops rushed by either side will not move back, unless there is a rapprochement at the highest political level.”
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