China, India send in supplies for thousands of border troops ahead of brutal winter

China, India send in supplies for thousands of border troops ahead of brutal winter

  • As stand-off continues, focus is on logistical support as the two militaries prepare for harsh conditions in the remote Himalayan region
  • Neither side has shown a willingness to withdraw soldiers, even though they realise it will become a ‘war of attrition’, observer says

The Chinese and Indian militaries, locked in their worst border stand-off in decades, have shifted focus to logistical support as both sides race to bring in supplies for the thousands of troops in the remote Himalayan region before the brutal winter sets in.Senior military commanders agreed on Monday that they would not send more troops to the front line in a bid to ease the renewed tensions on their disputed border. The troops’ survival at altitudes of over 4,500 metres, where oxygen is scarce and as temperatures plummet from October, was also a key concern in the talks, according to Indian media.

Both sides are now preparing for the harsh weather ahead, transporting supplies to the area in the Ladakh region, bordering Tibet, where they have sent extra troops in the past few months since tensions flared in May, according to observers.