India, China armies hold talks to resolve Ladakh crisis amid simmering tension

Rajnath Singh

He also shared a report about India and China holding a top-level military meet on June 6 in a bid to resolve the troops standoff in eastern Ladakh.

State media reports quoted the Chinese premier as saying that it was important to "comprehensively strengthen the training of troops and prepare for war", "resolutely safeguard national sovereignty" and "safeguard the overall strategic stability of the country".

A Division Commander-level meeting was held between Major General rank officers of the two sides on Tuesday afternoon to resolve the issue but in the end it remained "inconclusive", sources said. "Both diplomatic and military communication channels between China and India on the border issue are open", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing.

"Fundamentally speaking, India has little to gain from engaging in a US-China conflict over any topic, with more to lose than gain, which is why the Modi government needs to face the new geopolitical development objectively and rationally", the publication reportedly said.

On the Indian side also, the unmanned aerial vehicles of the Ladakh-based Surveillance and Target Acquisition batteries of defence forces and intelligence agencies are using their Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to carry out extensive reconnaissance of both sides of the LAC and Chinese positions along the Galwan Nala, the sources said. China's road construction in Bhutanese territory was seen as an attempt to change the status quo by India and finally the road work had to be stopped by the Chinese.

Referencing that incident, as well as similar confrontations in Chumar (2014) and Doklam (2017), Singh said: "There is something constantly going on along the Sino-Indian border... sometimes there have been such tensions that firearms have been snatched between them".

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"Temporary and short duration face-offs between border-guarding troops do occur as boundaries are not resolved", he had said. But even Pakistan is our neighbor which has not learnt anything from its actions.

"Of course, we are anxious with the current situation at the LAC", said Babushkin.

China denies it breached the "Line of Actual Control", as the 3,488 km de facto border is known, and says there is stability in the area near the Galwan River and Pangong Tso Lake in the remote snow deserts of India's Ladakh region.

The trigger for the face-off was China's stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

"It's not just over the past six months". Responding to Chinese aggression, which India had also moved an equal number of high-altitude warfare troops to these areas closer to the Line of Actual Control.

Meanwhile, the tensions between China and the USA are also peaking, with the latter increasing patrol in the disputed South China Sea and Taiwan Straits. "We've seen their continued efforts to expand militarily".



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