Indian Forces Are Now 4 KM Inside China Occupation
First Time After 1962 War , Indian Troops Took Control Of Hunan Coast And The Nearby Reqin Mountain Pass
Indian forces have captured Reqin. It has not been under Indian control since India lost 1962 war. It is a very bold step. And a very important one.
On Monday morning, the army put out an official statement stating that it had ‘thwarted Chinese intentions to alter the ground situation’. Hours later, a statement from the PLA’s Western Theatre Command accused ‘Indian troops on Monday of illegally crossing the LoC again (India calls it the LAC)’ at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake and near the Reqin Mountain and ‘conducting flagrant violations’. An editorial in the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, Global Times, said the south bank of the lake, where the confrontation took place, is under China’s control and accused India of ‘trying to turn it into a new disputed area as a bargaining chip in negotiations’. A statement from the Chengdu-based Western Theatre Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, urged the Indian side to ‘immediately withdraw its troops and avoid any escalation in the situation’.
Establishment 22 or the Special Frontier Force (SSF) which is made up entirely of Tibetans, has captured Reqin and are controlling the heights of Pangong Tso Lake. This is an audacious move, as neither of these areas have been under Indian control since we lost the 1962 war.
The Chinese have two camps in Spanggur. A 3 km ridgeline on the hill alongside Reqin which the Chinese say we occupy leads straight to a position that dominates Spanggur. Map location of Reqin and pics of Chinese positions in Spanggur here. This would place us 4km inside.
Reqin, One of the areas identified by the Chinese as being under Indian Army control is a valley. By dominating the feature along its side and traversing the ridge, Indian Army soldiers could dominate the Chinese posts in Spanggur. We would be nearly 4 kms inside.
Chinese had constructed an electronic surveillance tower near Reqin few yrs back.
Social media posts on Twitter seemed to indicate the involvement of a covert Indian paramilitary unit, the Special Frontier Force (SFF), in the operation south of Pangong Tso. The SFF operates under the Directorate General of Security (DGS), a wing of India’s external intelligence agency R&AW. The DGS, in fact, predates it and was set up in 1962 after the India-China border war. The unit, also known as Establishment 22 and ‘Vikas’ is officered by the Indian army and recruits its personnel from among the Tibetan diaspora settled in India. Its personnel has participated in India’s various wars, from 1971 to the 1999 Kargil War.