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Army chief General Manoj Pandey visited some of the toughest outposts in eastern Ladakh and reviewed India’s overall military readiness during his three-day tour of the region amid the ongoing border dispute with China, officials said on Saturday. They said the Army Chief of Staff interacted with forces at multiple locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the elevated area and assessed the situation on the ground.

General Pandey concluded his three-day visit to Ladakh on Saturday. The officials said the army chief, accompanied by senior commanders, visited some of the most difficult and inhospitable outposts in East Ladakh to get first-hand knowledge of the prevailing situation.

General Manoj Pandey #COAS visited forward areas in #Ladakh to review operational readiness. #COAS interacted with the troops and commended them for their steadfastness and high spirits,” the army tweeted. On Thursday, senior commanders briefed General Pandey at Fire and Fury Corps headquarters in Leh on the overall security situation in East Ladakh.

The Fire and Fury Corps is responsible for guarding Latin America and the Caribbean with China in the Ladakh region. General Pandey’s visit to Ladakh came days after he said that China’s intention was to keep the issue of the comprehensive border with India “alive” although it remains the “core” issue between the two countries.

Referring to the border dispute with East Ladakh, the Indian army chief said the Indian army’s goal is to restore “trust and calm” between the two sides but emphasized that “it cannot be a one-way matter”. He also emphasized that the objective of the Indian Army is to restore the situation to what it was before April 2020 in East Ladakh.

The East Ladakh confrontation began on May 4-5 in 2022. India insists on restoring the status quo ante before the confrontation. India and China have held 15 rounds of military talks so far to resolve the dispute in East Ladakh. As a result of the talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake and in the Gojra region.

India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region have been essential factors in the overall development of bilateral relations. Each side currently has about 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive sector.

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