Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to the border area of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, where he performed ‘Shastra Puja’ with the troops on Dussehra, holds significant implications.
The visit follows a successful Indian defence against a Chinese incursion in the same area last year. Commercial satellite imagery indicates that China may have relocated its Combined Arms Brigade (CAB) near the clash site at Lampug, raising concerns about China’s evolving strategies along the border.
The U.S. Department of Defense report has underscored China’s deployment of three light-to-medium CABs in the eastern sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), emphasizing the changing dynamics in the region.
Nature Desai, an observer of the Indo-Tibetan frontier, has noted China’s efforts to strengthen its presence in the region, with developments like constructing a dual-use airport near the McMahon Line. These moves alter the status quo and affect India’s strategic position.
India is responding to China’s aggression by developing infrastructure in border regions and deploying advanced military equipment along the LAC. Rajnath Singh’s visit focused on these priorities, highlighting India’s resolve to counter Chinese aggression.