An increased number of Indian troops have been deployed to the disputed Galwan Valley area (Ladakh territory) and constructed additional defensive positions on Tuesday, May 19, following reports of an intensified Chinese military presence. Tensions have been ongoing since China's government claimed that Indian forces were building obstacles which disrupted Chinese patrols in areas claimed by China. An increased military presence in the region has been reported since scuffles broke out between Indian and Chinese troops in the Pangong Tso area between Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, which resulted in minor injuries on both sides.
Further deployments, and potential clashes between the two sides, remain possible in the near term.
China has administered Aksai Chin, including the Galwan Valley, since the conclusion of the Sino-Indian war of 1962. The Indian government disputes China's control of the area; although the Chinese and Indian governments agreed in 2005 to a resolution of the border dispute, no further progress has been made on the demarcation of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India's recent construction of infrastructure near the LAC has acted as a point of contention between the two sides.
Individuals present in the region are advised to avoid the vicinity of the disputed area, monitor developments, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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