China has once again started India’s land grab salami-slicing strategy. The Indian Army’s restrictions on grazing in traditional grazing lands amid an ongoing border dispute with China have left areas critical for ‘salute slicing’ by the People’s Liberation Army along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh and affected animal husbandry, Which is the only livelihood of the nomadic residents. With this ban from the Indian Army, China has got an open field to implement the salami-slicing strategy. China has opened these areas for its nomads. These serve as the eyes of the Chinese nomadic People’s Liberation Army. That is, it is through them that China captures the land of India. While India has imposed restrictions on its nomads, on the other hand, China has given it full control.

LAHDC councilor Konchok Stanzin, who represents Chushul constituency, had said in a memorandum to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to the area on November 18, “China has given the freedom to its nomads to roam freely.” They often use their nomadic community to encroach on our land step by step.

Separately, councilor Konchok Stanzin told TOI that Indian nomads were allowed by the Indian Army to graze their cattle on pastures stretching from Hot Spring, Fingers (on the northern bank and southern coast of Pangong Tso) to Nyalung Yokma and Nyalung Gongma. banned from. These areas are designated by the army as Kailash Range, Rechin La, Rejang La, Black Top, Gurung Hill, and Future Karpo.

The government estimates that the number of livestock (cattle) in the Changthang area is 79,250, which requires 4,775 quintals of fodder for 30 days during winter. Stanzin said that in the summer, shepherds move their herds to inland meadows and valleys. But in winter, the pastures along the LAC have distinctive grass, which sheep, goats, and yaks sniff from under the snow.

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He referred to reports of Chinese yaks grazing in the Thursang Valley north of Marsimik La, saying that in such weather the Chinese send cattle and then soldiers in plain clothes as shepherds to set up tents to claim our land. send. These traditional grazing areas are important and our nomads should be allowed to go there with the livestock so they can detect any Chinese misadventures. Let us tell you that during the declassification process after the Galway Valley clash of 2020, the Indian Army had imposed restrictions on grazing in these areas.

What is Salami Slicing

Actually, salami-slicing has been a very old weapon of China, with the help of which it has expanded its empire. Under this strategy, China has occupied Indian land and claims it as its own. In other words, salami-slicing is the strategy in which any country starts its occupation of that area by a small military operation against its neighboring countries or by spreading slowly. In this process, any country gives a blow to the neighboring country in turn. China used the same salami-slicing strategy in 1962.