No let up in tension on India-China border; Rajnath reviews situation

In the wake of rising tension on the Indo-China border, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and three service chiefs on Tuesday to review the ground situation in Ladakh and India’s preparedness. General Rawat
briefed the minister about India’s level of preparedness on the border.

According to sources, it is conveyed that Indian Army will hold its fort though it will exercise other options to defuse tension. Earlier efforts to diffuse tensions failed as China wanted India to abandon infrastructure build up along the border. In the wake of China not
accepting India’s demand for status quo, Indian fortifications and troop deployment must match those of the Chinese.

Sources said there have so far been five rounds of talks between military commanders on the ground without much progress.

According to reports, the Indian Army is keeping a close watch on the Pangong Tso sector of eastern Ladakh and the Galwan Valley region, where the Chinese have enhanced their deployment. Other than the extremely volatile Pangong Tso sector in the wake of the recent escalation are Trig Heights, Demchok and Chumar in Ladakh which form
western sector of the India-China frontier, which are also under strict vigil.

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