While the exact date of the next Corps Commanders level talks in Ladakh is awaited, Indian formations are on highest alert all along Eastern Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh frontiers considering a possibility of Chinese attempt (s) to occupy unheld areas
For the past 3-4 days, there is absolute calm on the LAC according to multiple sources. This is seen as unusual given the experience of the past four months in Ladakh. The PLA may attempt a QPQ (quid pro quo) to gain leverage in upcoming talks, feel ground commanders
In any case, no one is pinning too much hope for any major breakthrough in the upcoming talks. The Indian military is prepared to stay through the harsh winter in Ladakh and indeed all along the LAC. Ops logistics branch in the Army must currently be the most harried organisation
It has to cater to the not only the current needs of the additional troops that have been inducted into Ladakh but also make sure that there are enough stocks for them through the winters when all roads into Ladakh will be closed after mid-November until at least late March
There is of course a month plus window for China to withdraw its forces to permanent peace time locations--India's pre-condition for deescalation--if the PLA doesn't want its troops to experience the difficulties of super high altitude deployment for the first time in winter.

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22 Sep
An official word on Monday's marathon meeting at Chushul-Moldo is awaited but it is now clear that there is no convergence on how to approach the resolution of the standoff between Indian and Chinese forces along the LAC in Ladakh.
As anticipated on Friday, the Chinese want India to withdraw from Chushul (Kailash range) first which India will never agree to. India's simple formula is: First in, first out, you came in, mobilised large quantum of force, so you initiate the withdrawal, is India's simple demand
China is averse to accede to that demand, so we have a stalemate that doesn't look like being resolved anytime soon. India is and will remain vigilant and resolute on the border as it has been since 5 May. Essentially no outcome! We have a long, hard winter coming up.
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9 Sep
Some updates on LAC situation: Its a battle of heights now in Ladakh. Having outrun the Chinese in the race to the top on 30 Aug except Black Top and Helmet heights (Gurung Hill, Magar Hills, Rezang La and Richen La under Indian control), India has consolidated defences there
After the first phase deployment by infantry units at dawn on 30th Aug India managed to drive up tanks at Richin La in broad daylight that Sunday evening surprising the Chinese even more. Since then full consolidation has happened on those heights.
Since then India has strengthened defences not just on South Bank of Pangong Tso but also on the North Bank. Indian troops now occupy highest points at Finger 4, stationing themselves above the Chinese presence on the lower heights of the ridge line.
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8 Sep
LAC situation on razor’s edge. Indian troops fired warning shots at advancing PLA troops, alleges China’s Western Theatre Command. India yet to issue any statement but sources say Chinese tried to move towards the Mukhpari peak occupied by India
Noticing the movement, Indian soldiers fired warning shots in the air forcing the Chinese to retreat. Indian Army troops had climbed to the entire ridgeline from South Bank of Pangong Tso to Richin La. Mukhpari is North of Rezang La on 29-30 Aug. Map below for reference
After the Galwan incident India has decided not to take any chances or trust the Chinese who keep engaging in talks but show aggression on ground. On 30th August too after occupying the ridge line, India had told the Chinese that they will be fired at if troops tried to come up
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5 Sep
RM @rajnathsingh has categorically conveyed to Chinese defence minister that actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements..
...and not in keeping with the understandings reached between the Special Representatives of two sides. RM conveyed that the two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation...
...and full restoration of peace and tranquility along the LAC at the earliest. A press note issued by the MoD says the RM stated clearly that Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.
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2 Sep
Even as India and China brigade commanders level talks are on at Chushul, a recap of events since Saturday night/early Sunday reveals that the shoe is on the other foot now simply because China has been presented a fait accompli much in the same manner as it had tried since May
Indian troops in large numbers (withholding exact size of the force for now) are now sitting atop a ridge line that extends from south of Pangong Tso to Spanggur Tso going through Chushul-Rezang La and extending upto Richin (Requin) La overlooking a crucial Chinese camp at Moldo
Indiian troops raced to the top of hill features like Magar Hill, Gurung Hill and Richin La when it noticed Chinese movement on Saturday night before the PLA troops could climb. Now, the Chinese are seeking restoration of status quo ante! These heights were unoccupied since 1962.
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2 Sep
ICYMI: Monday night in Chushul was the most tense period in the current standoff with PLA in Ladakh. Indian forces in substantial numbers occupying ridge line from South bank of Pangong Tso to Spanggur Tso since 31 Aug. Details in this video: stratnewsglobal.com/turning-the-ta…
Reports of India having intruded 4 km into Chinese territory are untrue; Richin La ridge also held by Indian troops who climbed the peaks in the early hours of Sunday
3 things India got right this time 1. Tactical ISR capability worked effectively 2. As soon as Int came in about Chinese movement, Indian preempted the move 3. Physical condition of the Indian troops far better than PLA soldiers. Also there was no physical contact between troops
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