China has maintained around 60,000 troops across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh even during extreme winters. India has also maintained a similar number of troops to ensure that the Chinese side does not even think of any misadventure.
The Chinese Army has withdrawn all its summer training troops in the areas opposite Ladakh but is still maintaining 60,000 troops there. The threat perception is there, top government sources told India Today. The sources said the Indian Army has also moved ahead of its counter-terrorism Rashtriya Rifles Uniform Force formation in the Ladakh theatre to bolster the 14 Corps there.
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The Indian Army has also been maintaining forward deployment to counter any threat there, the sources said. The Indian Army is also keeping the passes open near the LAC to ensure that troops can be moved forward in a quick manner if required.
The Defence Ministry in its year-end review recently stated that the unilateral and provocative actions by the Chinese to change the status quo by force, in more than one area on the LAC, have been responded to inadequate measure. To resolve the issue, the militaries of the two countries have been engaged in dialogue at various levels.