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India scurries to buy winter gear from US amid border row with China, says report

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As the border dispute with China ceases to move towards a solution despite several rounds of military and diplomatic discussions, India is preparing for a harsh and extended winter deployment. The country has bought high altitude warfare kits from the U.S, say officials with knowledge about the purchase.

Until now India procured high-altitude kits for its defense forces mainly from Europe or China.

The Indian Army used a pact called “Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement” signed in August 2016 which paves the way for the two militaries to take logistical assistance from each other—including buying fuel and spare parts for warships and aircraft. The Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement was aimed at promoting interoperability between the two militaries.

The current imbroglio is the worst standoff between India and China in forty years. Both nations have moved their troops, tanks and missiles to the Himalayan border and there is almost a war-like situation at the borders where fighter jets are on stand-by. These flurry of activities show that the situation will extend into the winter. Both the armies will be staring each other at 15,000 feet, with temperatures dropping to -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit).

So far, both the countries have tried to diffuse the tension brewing along the LAC but to no avail. India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi met in September and pledged to reduce tensions along the 3,488-kilometer (2,167-mile) boundary known as the Line of Actual Control.

The Indian minister said that Military and diplomatic talks on troop disengagement are “a work in progress,” speaking to investors and analysts at the Bloomberg India Economic Summit last week.

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