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Amidst LAC standoff, Chinese President tells Army to be ready for a regional war

Sep 23, 2014 08:41 AM IST India India

Beijing: A day after the China's People's Liberation Army added seven new tents within the Indian territory, Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the Chinese army to be ready for a regional war. He has also ordered the Army to ensure a smooth chain of command and implement all decisions from the central leadership.

Addressing the People's Liberation Army, Xi said, "The headquarters of PLA forces must have absolute loyalty and firm faith in the Communist Party of China, guarantee a smooth chain of command and make sure all decisions from the central leadership are fully implemented. The headquarters of all PLA forces should improve their combat readiness and sharpen their ability to win a regional war in the age of information technology."

It is not yet clear why the emphasis was made on absolute loyalty and to follow the orders to ensure smooth chain of command. Xi's directives come in the midst of a standoff between the PLA and Indian troops in Chumar area in Ladakh region along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

On Saturday, over 50 Chinese soldiers had entered Chumar, days after 100 troops were reported to have crossed into Indian territory.

During his talks with Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Modi had raised the border dispute and urged China to move towards defining the Line of Actual Control.