Indian, Chinese tanks within firing distance at Pangong Tso as LAC remains tense

Indian, Chinese tanks within firing distance at Pangong Tso as LAC remains tense

The situation on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake area in eastern Ladakh remains tense following renewed tensions between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

According to sources, Indian and Chinese tanks have been stationed within firing distance of each other even as fresh military talks continue for the second day on Tuesday.

Chinese battle tanks and armoured vehicles are stationed near foothills of 'Kala Top', which is occupied by the Indian forces, the sources added.

China has deployed heavy and light tanks in the area and they are within engaging distance of Indian positions.

The Indian forces at Kala Top, however, are fully armed and with tank and artillery support.

Because of dominant positions held by India's Special Frontier Force (SFF) at Kala Top and army units on other adjoining heights, movement of Chinese tanks and machinery has been halted.

Amid renewed tensions, an Indian tank regiment is already deployed in the plains -- south west of the flashpoint between Spanggur Tso and Chushul.

Meanwhile, Brigade Commander-level talks are on since 9 am at Moldo to defuse the situation after Ministry of Defence on Monday said the Chinese military carried out "provocative military movements" to "unilaterally" change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong lake on the intervening night of August 29 and 30. The Chinese attempt was, however, thwarted by the Indian troops.

*INDIA TODAY*