China has continued with its “incremental and tactical actions” to press claims at the Line of Actual Control with India even as talks to de-escalate tensions are underway, the Pentagon has said in a report released on Wednesday.

India and China have been locked in a border standoff since their troops clashed in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the clash. China put the number of casualties on its side at four.

After several rounds of talks, India and China had disengaged from Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh in February. After the commander level talks on July 31, the two countries also agreed to disengage from Gogra.

India and China are now discussing ways to resolve pending matters in a quick manner.

The Pentagon’s report, titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2021”, explained how China strengthened its border infrastructure during the peak of its dispute with India.

China set up a fiber optic network in remote parts of the western Himalayas for faster communication and better protection from foreign interception, the report said.

“PLA field commanders view near-real-time ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] and situational data as well as redundant and reliable communications as essential to streamlining decision making processes and…

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