Rajanth Singh, Bipin Rawat, Ajit Doval and three Army Service Chiefs to discuss India-China border issue today
- India’s top defence brass is meeting today to discuss the rising tensions along the India-China border.
- The meeting will be between India’s Defence Minister
Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Dovaland three Indian ArmyService chiefs.
- The meeting comes after Indian Foreign Minister
S Jaishankarmet with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Moscow and expressed his concern against the heavy troop deployment in Ladakh.
Yesterday, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Moscow, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. The two sides agreed on a 5-point plan to resolve the face-off in Ladakh, which has been going on for four months now.
“The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side,” said the joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Arguing that the deployments had created "flash points" along the LAC, Jaishankar told his counterpart that the presence of such large concentration of troops was not in accordance with the 1993 and 1996 agreements.
"The Chinese side has not provided a credible explanation for this deployment. The provocative behaviour of Chinese frontline troops at numerous incidents of friction along the LAC also showed disregard for bilateral agreements and protocols," Jaishankar told Wang.
Armies on both sides are trying to take over the ridgelines — referred to as the ‘Finger Area’ — that outline the disputed border between China and India.
According to News18, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has increased its build up over troops along Finger 4 in the past 48 hours. The Indian Army has responded with their own uptake in soldiers along the Finger 3 ridgeline.
Less than a month ago, CDS Rawat told the press that India is ‘military options’ against China should things not de-escalate.
(With inputs from IANS)
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