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India Begins Constructing Movable Bunkers on Border With China

© AFP 2023 / DIPTENDU DUTTAChinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.
Chinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. - Sputnik International
The construction of bunkers has been a flashpoint in Sino-India ties. India was embarrassed by Chinese soldiers protesting one such attempt during Xi Jinping's visit to Delhi in 2015. India is now building 'movable' bunkers to get around this issue.

An Indian Army T-90 battle tank kicks up dust during the Shoor Veer military exercise near Hanumangarh, located near the India-Pakistan border, 2012. - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik) — Newly appointed Indian Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has expedited the process to build modern bunkers along the border shared with China. Sources say the Indian Army is using hollow block structures for building hundreds of bunkers in the area near Sikkim.

These bunkers can be easily transported to the Himalayan terrain after getting built in the plains of Assam and Sikkim. The step is an indication of India's keenness to raise a 90,000-strong Mountain Corps for strengthening the deployment along the 2,521-mile of Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

Meanwhile, Gen. Rawat visited Tawang and other forward areas in Western Arunachal near the border with China r on January 24. Defense Ministry say Gen. Rawat was briefed by the Corps Commander on the situation, both from external threat and internal security point of view.

"Gen. Rawat has commanded a Corps in the Eastern Command and is well acquainted with the nuances of operational scenario there. He was satisfied with the operational preparedness of 4 Corps and encouraged all ranks to maintain their high state of alertness and professionalism," read a India’s Ministry of Defense statement.

On January 23, Gen. Rawat visited Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, in eastern Ladakh where India and Pakistan have fought intermittently since 1984.

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