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India captures critical high point with China

New Delhi: India triggered the latest clash with China on their Himalayan border by executing a stealth night-time operation to claim strategic outposts offering a clear view of troop movements in disputed territory, according to Indian officials, Bloomberg has reported.

In what they called India’s first offensive move since the conflict began in May, thousands of Indian soldiers climbed up mountain peaks for about six hours to claim the vantage points along the south bank of Pangong Tso — a glacial lake roughly the size of Singapore. The action was taken to counter what India saw an intrusion by Chinese forces, the officials said.

The decision to capture high ground that was previously unoccupied along the 3,488 km Line of Actual Control was a new chapter in the conflict since mid-June when a skirmish culminated in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers in an ugly battle.

China on Wednesday accused India of breaching agreements between the two sides and unilaterally changing the status quo.

Meanwhile, in yet another surgical strike on malicious Chinese apps, the Indian government on Wednesday banned 118 apps over national security concerns, including the popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Baidu and couple of virtual private networks (VPNs) that allowed access to TikTok that was earlier banned.

“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the IT Ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in another development, China, which now has the largest Navy in the world, is reportedly looking to set up logistical bases in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance its strategic reach, while also working assiduously towards at least doubling the number of its nuclear warheads over the next decade.

This is the latest assessment of China’s expanding military might, ranging from long-range missiles and nuclear submarines to integrated air defense, space and electronic warfare capabilities, by the Pentagon in its detailed report presented to the US Congress on Tuesday.

Pentagon said China is actively looking at setting up military logistics facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE, etc.

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