The People’s Liberation Army has rotated 90 per cent of its troop deployed in eastern Ladakh due to extreme cold weather conditions. PLA has brought in fresh soldiers from the hinterland. After border tensions between India and China escalated last year, the PLA brought in 50,000 troops close to the Indian territory in eastern Ladakh.

“The Chinese have brought in fresh troops from the hinterland to replace the troops who had been there for the last one year. Around 90 per cent of their troops have been rotated,” sources told ANI.

Chinese forces have been severely affected by the extreme conditions

Sources further said that the main reason for this rotation could be extreme conditions in the high latitude areas.

Chinese forces have been severely affected by the extreme conditions faced in high latitude, extreme cold and other related issues, they added.

Even during the deployment in friction points in the Pangong lake area, Chinese troops were getting rotated on an almost daily basis at high altitude posts and their movement had become very restricted.

Compared to their Indian counterparts, Chinese forces lack the experience of high altitude warfare.

Indian forces acclimatized to high altitudes

The Indian forces are physiologically acclimatized to high altitudes and mountain warfare and can tackle adverse weather conditions and rough terrain.

The Indian Army deploys its troops in high altitude areas for a period of two years and around 40-50 per cent of troops get rotated every year.

The tenures of ITBP soldiers in these conditions are sometimes much longer than two years, reported ANI.

This summer, the Chinese troops returned to the training areas with the Indian side is closely monitoring the situation as the PLA had diverted its troops from here towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last year.

Both sides have been holding talks to deescalate the tension since June 6, 2020, but the only positive outcome was the complete disengagement of front-line troops and weaponry from the Pangong Tso sector in February.