China-India ties: What's behind Modi's sudden visit to Ladakh?

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As the world anticipates a peaceful settlement on the China-India confrontation in the Galwan Valley, New Delhi has further fueled tensions. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a surprise visit to the Himalayan desert region of Ladakh last Friday amid border tensions with China. Earlier clashes between the two sides at a disputed site left dozens of soldiers dead. Modi was accompanied by India’s Chief of Defense staff and chatted with soldiers and border police. Modi made a thinly veiled swipe at China when he addressed soldiers and made a speech on “expansionism.” At the same time, India has been deploying its special forces and new heavy weapons to the border. What’s the intention behind Modi’s sudden visit and the military deployment to the border area?

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