Defense Minister Rajnath Singh today held an important meeting with Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and the three army chiefs in a tense atmosphere with China on Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh after China increased pressure on India over the border dispute for 22 days. The meeting, which lasted for 4 hours, reviewed the ground conditions of the LAC and considered further strategies.
It was made clear during the meeting that negotiations for a ceasefire would continue, but that the Indian Army would maintain the status quo without compromising its sovereignty. It was decided that road construction in the area should continue and that India would continue to increase its military presence against China.
The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have met five times in East Ladakh to normalize the situation on the LAC. However there was no success until Monday. A meeting was also held earlier this Sunday, but sources said many issues could not be agreed upon. Further meetings may be held at the level of regional commanders.
Sources said the two sides have held talks five times so far. “There has been no success,” said a senior Indian Army official. The situation is the same. The issue will be resolved, but the Indian Army will continue its construction work with the LAC. Sources said troops are deployed from both sides and since May 5, the two armies have been monitoring each other at at least three places.
The Indian Army has stepped up its vigilance around the Pengong Tso sector in eastern Ladakh and the Galwan Valley. Where China has increased its military presence. Apart from this, the Indian Army is also showing great enthusiasm in the areas of Trag Heights, Damchok and Chumar on the western border with China.
In fact, a scuffle broke out between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh on May 5 and a violent clash between the two sides on the morning of May 6, in which several soldiers from both sides were injured. Sources said that since then China has started increasing the number of its troops near the site of the clash. Not only that, China has increased patrolling in Pengong Lake. Boats also increased.
China had objected to the ongoing construction work on the Indian border. The Indian Army said Pengong was not in the same condition as before and did not have many troops. On Friday, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane visited the headquarters of 14 Corps in Leh. Reviewed the deployment of security forces on the LAC. He was accompanied by Chief Lieutenant General Y.K. Joshi and 14 Corps Commander held a meeting with Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and other officers and the LAC was apprised of the situation nearby.