China warning: US challenges Beijing over ‘aggressive behaviour’ as tensions erupt

The American marine forces released a report criticising China for disregarding “territorial integrity” which “threatens the stability of nations”. China has the largest distant water fishing fleet in the world, according to the report.

The US warned Beijing that it must be more responsible in sovereign waters and comply with international agreements.

The report read: “The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia, estimated to include more than 3,000 vessels, actively carries out aggressive behaviour on the high seas and in sovereign waters of other nations to coerce and intimidate legitimate fishers in support of the Chinese Communist Party’s long term maritime strategic goals.

“China must exercise more responsible flag state control over its vessels, including its DWF, and demonstrate that it is taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with international norms and governance structures.”

The US urged that sovereign nations must be allowed to “benefit from their own economic resources”.

Last year, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration identified that China had a “troubling expanse of alleged violations” by fishing vessels.

The US Coast Guard has increased its tough stance near China’s waters.

American military forces have been conducting marine exercises in the South China Sea.

The US Coast Guard has also joined the US Navy in freedom of navigation operations across the Taiwan Strait.

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Earlier this year, Admiral Karl Schultz US Coast Guard Commandant, said in annual state of the Coast Guard address that China was “one of the worst predatory fishing offenders”.

He said China posed a threat to the food security of other nations and that the problem goes beyond conservation and sustainability.

Mr Schultz added: “This is a national security challenge warranting a clear response.”

Eighty percent of fish consumed in the US is imported, according to the US Coast Guard report.

It warned that “without effective traceability and monitoring, illegally caught fish around the world can enter the US market”.

The report also reiterated Mr Schultz emphasis on predatory behaviour.

It said: “Predatory and irresponsible nations that turn a blind eye to IUU fishing distort markets with aggressive economic policies, undermine free and open democracies, challenge security and prosperity, and destabilize at-risk nations around the globe.

“Predatory nations seek to expand the reaches of their own state-driven economic models and grow their power at the expense of the sovereignty of others.”

The reported added that the US will “confront the actions of predatory and irresponsible State actors”.



Turkey slams 'Napoleon' Macron for meddling in Greece tensions – 'Protecting what's ours'

Turkey and Greece have been embroiled in a bitter battle of wills further exacerbated by the intervention of Emmanuel Macron in support of Athens. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned the French President he must stop interfering if the ongoing dispute is to be resolved quickly. Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Akar said: “Mr Macron is not contributing to a solution here.

“He is pouring fuel onto the problems and this is why the issue is being prolonged. Mr Macron himself is dreaming.

“He is trying to take on the role of Napoleon, who died 200 years ago. But we can all see that he is neither powerful enough nor tall enough to do it.

“We are not pursuing any kind of imperialistic aims. Here we are protecting our rights and the law.”

The latest bout of tensions between Ankara and Athens is the result of Turkey refusing to back down from conducting energy research in the disputed section of the Eastern Mediterranean. 

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Asked whether his country will keep up with the research, Mr Akar said: “Of course we will continue to do it.

“This is the right and law of out 83 million people and of the nation. This is not a threat against anyone.”

President Macron has been trying to broker a new treaty between Greece and Turkey in a bid to deescalate the tensions but with little success so far.

On Wednesday, former Secretary-General of the Turkish Ministry of National Defence Ümit Yalım claimed Athens had not sovereignty over a group of Aegean islands and should evacuate their citizens immediately.

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Speaking to Turkish website Haber 7, Mr Yalım said: “The legal status of the islands located in the north of the Aegean Sea was determined by the Six Great States Decision of 1914 and the Lausanne Treaty of 1923.

“Greece was given only the right to use of the islands of the North Aegean and not the right of sovereignty

“The areas of sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction as well as the airspace of the islands of Thassos, Samothrace, Lemnos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Psara and Agios Efstratios remained in Turkey.”

Germany, who is currently leading the European Council until January 2021, suggested action could be taken at the European level to ensure Turkey stands down.

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Dr Ernst Reichel, Germany’s ambassador to Athens, told the Standing European Affairs Committee of the Greek Parliament Ankara could soon see the “stick” of the Council.

Dr Reichel said: “Germany, during its European Union presidency, maybe at the next European Council, will talk to Turkey with the threat of sanctions and the general deterioration of its relationship with the EU.

“We are dealing with a difficult neighbour and this is a problem we have not only with Turkey but also with Russia, which is also a difficult neighbour.

“We must persuade Turkey and the question is how to persuade it. I believe the right answer is with a stick and carrot approach. I want to say that the European Council will show Turkey the stick very soon.”



Iran news: Trump plans MORE trading sanctions for Iran as Middle East tensions EXPLODE

Four sources close to the president said any arms companies, whether US or foreign, who trade arms with Iran will lose access to the lucrative American market. On October 18 a conventional arms embargo placed on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement is due to expire.

Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement in 2018 and the US has since re-imposed all UN sanctions on the country.

However, many other countries are refusing to re-impose these controls.

Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, all of which signed up to the Iran nuclear deal, opposed President Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the agreement.

These countries, and others on the UN security council, argue the US doesn’t have the authority to re-impose UN sanctions unilaterally.

US companies are already banned from trading arms with Iran, but the new rule would also block access to the American market for any foreign company that does.

President Trump is determined UN sanctions on Iran should effectively remain in place even after they expire on October 18.

A European diplomat admitted the American plan is serious as overseas companies don’t want to risk losing access to the US market.

There is speculation President Trump could use an executive order to instruct the new sanctions on companies that trade with Iran.

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Sanctions lawyer Doug Jacobson argued the Trump administration is trying to send a message with the move.

He commented: “It’s essentially piling on.

“It’s designed to send a message on this particular issue, that the US is unhappy that the other parties [to the Iran nuclear deal] did not agree to a snap back of arms sanctions.”

Under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, negotiated during the Obama administration, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme and allow international inspections.

Western powers, and a number of Iran’s neighbours, believed Tehran was trying to build a nuclear bomb.

However, Mr Trump was sharply critical of the agreement and pledged to end US involvement during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

In May 2018 President Trump announced America was pulling out of the “decaying and rotten” deal.

He said: “It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of this deal.

“The Iran deal is defective to its core.”

The decision was condemned as “misguided” by Mr Obama.

 



Iran news: Trump plans MORE trading sanctions for Iran as Middle East tensions EXPLODE

Four sources close to the president said any arms companies, whether US or foreign, who trade arms with Iran will lose access to the lucrative American market. On October 18 a conventional arms embargo placed on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement is due to expire.

Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement in 2018 and the US has since re-imposed all UN sanctions on the country.

However, many other countries are refusing to re-impose these controls.

Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, all of which signed up to the Iran nuclear deal, opposed President Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the agreement.

These countries, and others on the UN security council, argue the US doesn’t have the authority to re-impose UN sanctions unilaterally.

US companies are already banned from trading arms with Iran, but the new rule would also block access to the American market for any foreign company that does.

President Trump is determined UN sanctions on Iran should effectively remain in place even after they expire on October 18.

A European diplomat admitted the American plan is serious as overseas companies don’t want to risk losing access to the US market.

There is speculation President Trump could use an executive order to instruct the new sanctions on companies that trade with Iran.

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Sanctions lawyer Doug Jacobson argued the Trump administration is trying to send a message with the move.

He commented: “It’s essentially piling on.

“It’s designed to send a message on this particular issue, that the US is unhappy that the other parties [to the Iran nuclear deal] did not agree to a snap back of arms sanctions.”

Under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, negotiated during the Obama administration, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme and allow international inspections.

Western powers, and a number of Iran’s neighbours, believed Tehran was trying to build a nuclear bomb.

However, Mr Trump was sharply critical of the agreement and pledged to end US involvement during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

In May 2018 President Trump announced America was pulling out of the “decaying and rotten” deal.

He said: “It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of this deal.

“The Iran deal is defective to its core.”

The decision was condemned as “misguided” by Mr Obama.

 



South China Sea: US defence sec claims Chinese navy is YEARS behind US as tensions soar

China would also need “the confidence to defeat the US military” in nearby waters and regions according to an incendiary claim from a state-controlled newspaper. The argument was made by the Global Times which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and generally reflects official thinking in Beijing.

The publication claimed the US navy is “destined to gradually lose its dominance” in the waters despite the US defence secretary’s claims that even if the US stopped building new ships, it would take China years “to match our capability on the high seas.”

China argued the country must be ready for confrontation.

Tensions between China and the US have surged in recent months over trade, Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Beijing’s treatment of its Uyghur minority.

China is undertaking a major effort to modernise its military with the aim of being “world class” in 2049.

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China is reportedly many years behind the US in naval capabilities (Image: GETTY)

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Mark Esper has announced a major plan to expand the US navy (Image: GETTY)

The Global Times editorial said: “In China’s adjacent waters, or the regions that concern China’s core interests, the US navy is destined to gradually lose its dominance.

“The PLA should have the confidence to defeat the US military in these areas when a conflict occurs.

“This is an unswerving goal of the Chinese society to support the country’s military build-up.

“In our opinion, this is not too much at all, and this is what China can do, and must do.”

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The Chinese fleet currently only contains one aircraft carrier (Image: GETTY)

Mark Esper, the US secretary of defence, has announced a major programme to expand the American navy as the threat from China increases.

A plan titled ‘Future Forward’ is being examined which calls on the US navy to expand its fleet from the current 293 ships to 355.

Some of these new ships would be unmanned as advances in artificial intelligence greatly expand what autonomous vessels can achieve.

The scheme, which is intended to ensure continued US naval supremacy over China, would require billions of additional dollars between now and 2045.

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Beijing is undertaking a major modernisation of its navy (Image: GETTY)

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China hopes to challenge US dominance in nearby waters (Image: GETTY)

Emphasising the importance of autonomous ships Mr Esper said: “The future fleet will be more balanced in its ability to deliver lethal effects from the air, from the sea, and from under the sea.

“These efforts are the next step in realising our future fleet, one in which unmanned systems perform a variety of war-fighting functions, from delivering lethal fire and laying mines, to conducting resupply or surveilling the enemy.

“This will be a major shift in how we will conduct naval warfare in the years and decades to come.”

The Global Times editorial insisted China does not seek global supremacy but does want to be dominant in local waters.

Beijing claims sovereignty over much of the South China Sea though this is disputed by other global powers and many of its neighbours.

The editorial warns: “The US military enjoys overall strength. However, the US is far from being almighty.

“When the country pursues goals way beyond its capabilities due to its greed, it will turn from being a real tiger to a paper tiger.

“If it wants to be hegemonic around Chinese waters, it will find it beyond its reach.

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China has been building military bases in the South China Sea (Image: GETTY)

“It will be a domain where US strength does not match its ambitions.”

Beijing’s claim over the South China Sea overlaps with rival claims from five of its neighbours.

The US and other western powers also reject the claim and send warships to conduct “freedom of navigation” patrols through the contested waters.

Earlier this year China sparked widespread condemnation by imposing new security laws on Hong Kong which greatly restricted the city’s political autonomy.



South China Sea: US defence sec claims Chinese navy is YEARS behind US as tensions soar

China would also need “the confidence to defeat the US military” in nearby waters and regions according to an incendiary claim from a state-controlled newspaper. The argument was made by the Global Times which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and generally reflects official thinking in Beijing.

The publication claimed the US navy is “destined to gradually lose its dominance” in the waters despite the US defence secretary’s claims that even if the US stopped building new ships, it would take China years “to match our capability on the high seas.”

China argued the country must be ready for confrontation.

Tensions between China and the US have surged in recent months over trade, Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Beijing’s treatment of its Uyghur minority.

China is undertaking a major effort to modernise its military with the aim of being “world class” in 2049.

WW3

China is reportedly many years behind the US in naval capabilities (Image: GETTY)

WW3

Mark Esper has announced a major plan to expand the US navy (Image: GETTY)

The Global Times editorial said: “In China’s adjacent waters, or the regions that concern China’s core interests, the US navy is destined to gradually lose its dominance.

“The PLA should have the confidence to defeat the US military in these areas when a conflict occurs.

“This is an unswerving goal of the Chinese society to support the country’s military build-up.

“In our opinion, this is not too much at all, and this is what China can do, and must do.”

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WW3

The Chinese fleet currently only contains one aircraft carrier (Image: GETTY)

Mark Esper, the US secretary of defence, has announced a major programme to expand the American navy as the threat from China increases.

A plan titled ‘Future Forward’ is being examined which calls on the US navy to expand its fleet from the current 293 ships to 355.

Some of these new ships would be unmanned as advances in artificial intelligence greatly expand what autonomous vessels can achieve.

The scheme, which is intended to ensure continued US naval supremacy over China, would require billions of additional dollars between now and 2045.

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Beijing is undertaking a major modernisation of its navy (Image: GETTY)

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China hopes to challenge US dominance in nearby waters (Image: GETTY)

Emphasising the importance of autonomous ships Mr Esper said: “The future fleet will be more balanced in its ability to deliver lethal effects from the air, from the sea, and from under the sea.

“These efforts are the next step in realising our future fleet, one in which unmanned systems perform a variety of war-fighting functions, from delivering lethal fire and laying mines, to conducting resupply or surveilling the enemy.

“This will be a major shift in how we will conduct naval warfare in the years and decades to come.”

The Global Times editorial insisted China does not seek global supremacy but does want to be dominant in local waters.

Beijing claims sovereignty over much of the South China Sea though this is disputed by other global powers and many of its neighbours.

The editorial warns: “The US military enjoys overall strength. However, the US is far from being almighty.

“When the country pursues goals way beyond its capabilities due to its greed, it will turn from being a real tiger to a paper tiger.

“If it wants to be hegemonic around Chinese waters, it will find it beyond its reach.

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China has been building military bases in the South China Sea (Image: GETTY)

“It will be a domain where US strength does not match its ambitions.”

Beijing’s claim over the South China Sea overlaps with rival claims from five of its neighbours.

The US and other western powers also reject the claim and send warships to conduct “freedom of navigation” patrols through the contested waters.

Earlier this year China sparked widespread condemnation by imposing new security laws on Hong Kong which greatly restricted the city’s political autonomy.



World War 3: India deals HUGE blow to Pakistan in heated UN meeting amid border tensions

Last week, both nations accused one another of firing live rounds and violating a ceasefire along the Lone of Control boundary in the region. The issue was brought up in the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

In it, Pawan Badhe, India’s first secretary of the country’s permanent mission of India in Geneva, called Pakistan “an epicentre of terrorism”.

According to an Economic Times report on proceedings, the first secretary said: “The nefarious designs of Pakistan continue in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Pakistan does well when it comes to intimidation and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents in particular by its state machinery.”

He also hit out at Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, both of which had supposedly made comments on the internal affairs of India.

The first secretary added: “We reject the reference made by the OIC to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India.”

It is not clear what Turkey or the OIC said to have attracted this response.

Tensions have also flared between India and China in recent months following a deadly clash between forces on both sides on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which runs serves as a boundary between them.

20 Indian soldiers were killed in the hand-to-hand clash, though the number of Chinese casualties has remained debated.

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Indeed, 321 non-governmental organisations have urged the UN to crack down on human rights abuses in China.

Their statement made in an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and UN Member States published by Amnesty.

The letter reads: “We are dismayed at China’s efforts to distort the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council by promoting “cooperation” over accountability, and opposing initiatives to bring scrutiny of serious rights violations and international crimes in countries around the world.

“It has sought to deny access to human rights defenders to UN premises, denounced speakers on NGO side events as ‘terrorists,’ and threatened delegates to deter them from attending UN side events on rights violations, including abuses in Xinjiang.”

China’s foreign minister Zhao Lijian responded to the letter, saying: “The groundless allegations of these organisations are not worth refuting,” according to CNS News.

China has been part of the HRC since the council’s 2006 foundation. There are 47 seats altogether.



World War 3: India deals HUGE blow to Pakistan in heated UN meeting amid border tensions

Last week, both nations accused one another of firing live rounds and violating a ceasefire along the Lone of Control boundary in the region. The issue was brought up in the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

In it, Pawan Badhe, India’s first secretary of the country’s permanent mission of India in Geneva, called Pakistan “an epicentre of terrorism”.

According to an Economic Times report on proceedings, the first secretary said: “The nefarious designs of Pakistan continue in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Pakistan does well when it comes to intimidation and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents in particular by its state machinery.”

He also hit out at Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, both of which had supposedly made comments on the internal affairs of India.

The first secretary added: “We reject the reference made by the OIC to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India.”

It is not clear what Turkey or the OIC said to have attracted this response.

Tensions have also flared between India and China in recent months following a deadly clash between forces on both sides on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which runs serves as a boundary between them.

20 Indian soldiers were killed in the hand-to-hand clash, though the number of Chinese casualties has remained debated.

READ: India rushes supplies and ammunition to contested border as China war tensions soar

Indeed, 321 non-governmental organisations have urged the UN to crack down on human rights abuses in China.

Their statement made in an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and UN Member States published by Amnesty.

The letter reads: “We are dismayed at China’s efforts to distort the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council by promoting “cooperation” over accountability, and opposing initiatives to bring scrutiny of serious rights violations and international crimes in countries around the world.

“It has sought to deny access to human rights defenders to UN premises, denounced speakers on NGO side events as ‘terrorists,’ and threatened delegates to deter them from attending UN side events on rights violations, including abuses in Xinjiang.”

China’s foreign minister Zhao Lijian responded to the letter, saying: “The groundless allegations of these organisations are not worth refuting,” according to CNS News.

China has been part of the HRC since the council’s 2006 foundation. There are 47 seats altogether.



India rushes supplies and ammunition to contested border as China war tensions soar

Since May, the two countries engaged in a number of military clashes from both sides of the North-Eastern border of Sikkim. In June, they had their first bloody altercation in 45 years after troops met in the Galwan Valley, in Ladakh.

The confrontation left 20 Indian soldiers dead and at least 35 Chinese, including a senior official, were killed, according to local reports from each side.

Both sides have continually accused each other of escalating the tensions along the border, with New Delhi blaming Beijing for the ongoing disputes.

As tensions continue to rise, India has now activated its entire logistics network to send supplies to thousands of troops on the border ahead of a harsh winter.

Over recent weeks, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises has sent vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh – the region bordering Tibet which is administered by India.

Major General Arvind Kapoor, chief of staff of the Indian army’s 14 Corps, said: “All the supplies that we need have already been pushed to wherever they are required.

“In a place like Ladakh, operations logistics is of huge importance. In the last 20 years, we have mastered it.”

Despite both countries negotiations to resolve the confrontation, neither side has backed now and India is prepared to keep troops deployed along the high-altitude border throughout winter.

Normally, Eastern Ladakh is manned by up to 20,000 to 30,000 soldiers but reports claim the figure of soldiers has more than doubled.

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“As a result, more roads and bridges have been completed in the border areas.

“As of now, the Chinese side has mobilised a large number of troops and armaments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as fellas in the depth areas.”

Yesterday, Indian officials accused Beijing of laying cables and staking further claims on the disputed border.

Two Indian officials accused Chinese troops of laying a network of fibre optic cables at a western Himalayan flashpoint.

A former Indian military intelligence official said the cables offered secure communications as well as the ability to send data such as pictures and documents.

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry denied any claims the cable network.

Relations between the countries have grown increasingly strained over the last three decades.

Several rounds of talks have been held in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute but with no success.

In 2017, the two countries clashed over China’s attempt to extend a border road through a disputed plateau.

Only once has there been an outright war between Beijing and New Delhi. In 1962, India suffered a devastating defeat to China.



World War 3 panic: China and India fire warning shots as tensions flare up on border

The shooting has shattered a long-standing agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbours for troops not to use firearms at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with live ammunition being used for the first time in 45 years. There have now been three recent incidents of warning shots being fired in the western Himalayas where troops are locked in a face-off over competing territorial claims, often in close proximity.

One Indian official said: “In all these cases shots were fired in the air and not at each other thankfully.”

One incident occurred on the north bank of the bitterly contested Pangong Tso lake in the run-up to a meeting between Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow last Thursday.

The shooting, which neither side has made public, was the most intense, according to another official.

Security sources told the Indian Express newspaper between 100 and 200 rounds were fired by the Chinese.

The two sides are jockeying for advantageous positions on the remote mountain border in the Ladakh sector which adjoins Tibet.

Last Monday, troops fired in the air on the southern bank of the lake.

Mr Jaishankar and Mr Wang have agreed to dial down tensions and the situation has calmed since their meeting.

But there has been no sign of either side withdrawing troops as yet.

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Former Indian military commander lieutenant general DS Hooda said levels of distrust had risen to such a stage where it has become difficult to get back to the agreement under which troops carried few firearms at the contested border during their patrols.

He said: “We should no longer be talking about peace and tranquillity along the LAC, but conflict prevention.”

Both sides have deployed thousands of troops backed by tanks and aircraft along the 45 mile-long front to the south of the lake.

Each country has accused the other of escalating the stand-off.

Military officials said the development of roads and airfields on both sides of the border has also helped troops mobilise quickly in large numbers and in close proximity at some points in the Ladakh area.

Mr Singh the scale of the deployment of troops and the number of disputed areas was much more than the past.

He said: “As of now, the Chinese side has mobilized a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC as well as in the depth areas.

“In response to China’s actions, our armed forces have also made appropriate counter deployments in these areas to ensure that India’s security interests are fully protected.”