New Delhi: On the backdrop of escalating border tensions and standoff with China in Ladakh, Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday chaired a high-end review meeting with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and the three Services Chiefs. As per reports, this was the latest meeting in the series of consultations held over the past few weeks as India looks forward to explore its options to respond to the recent provocation by China at the border.
Currently, both Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a face-off in eastern Ladakh at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). According to news agency IANS, the meeting went for about an hours where Singh was briefed about Indian response to the Chinese troops mobilisation.
Reportedly, Rawat and Army chief expressed that Indian Army will hold its fort as talks to defuse the situation would continue in parallel. During the meeting, it was also decided that road constructions must continue and Indian fortifications and troop deployment must match those of the Chinese.
Both Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army reportedly held several rounds of talks to resolve the standoff in Ladakh, but no breakthrough has been found so far.