The Chinese People’s Liberation Army had intensified its training schedules at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) soon after the Doklam standoff in 2017 adding new modules in their routine, sources said.
The new training modules included frequent firing and grenade throwing and also more rigorous physical drills.
There were two new training manuals that came into effect in 2018 and 2019.
Sources said the intensity of these training sessions was more visible in “eyeball to eyeball forward posts”, where Indian troops could see their activities.
“Those who could not meet the standards in their tasks were also being punished. The idea was to show that they are matching up to physical fitness and readiness of the Indian troops,” a source said.
In 2018, there were 401 training sessions and in 2019, there have been 471 in sectors along Arunachal Pradesh.
After the Doklam face-off in 2017, relations between India and China hit a low but after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping met at an informal summit in Wuhan in April 2018, setting out strategic guidelines for both the armies, things got back on track.
The two leaders met in India this time for a similar dialogue recently.
There is an endeavour by both sides to end the bitterness of the Doklam face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops in 2017.
The impact of the Wuhan bonhomie can also be seen on the ground with the two armies strictly following the strategic guidelines ensuring things don’t turn ugly.
It’s not that face-offs are not happening but the issues are being resolved at the ground level, not turning into flash points that can scar relations again.
Sources said the strategic dialogue has been working on the ground and things get settled and don’t turn into a flashpoint like Doklam. During the Doklam standoff, face-offs in other areas also increased.
There has been a significant impact increase flag meetings where officials of both armies meet immediately to resolve differences. Soon after Doklam, there were close to 400 such meetings and with better understanding, the numbers came down in 2018 and 2019.
“There is a mechanism put in place to avoid face-offs. There are efforts and to keep each other informed of patrolling activities,” an army officer said.
Source By Indiatoday