Defense Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the overall security situation in East Ladakh on Saturday (22 August). Officials said the review meeting took place two days after diplomatic level talks to resolve the ongoing deadlock between India and China. Meanwhile, the army said that on 20 and 21 August, army commanders met to review the security situation and military preparedness on the northern and western fronts.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General MM Narwane, Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of the Air Force RKS Bhadauria attended the meeting. Sources said all important aspects of the border dispute with China in eastern Ladakh were discussed.
He said that future steps to deal with the situation were discussed. Sources said that General Narwane made a presentation on India’s military preparedness, deployment of weapons and troops, including the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to maintain deployment of troops in the midst of the harsh winter.
Government sources said that India is not going to reduce the number of troops under any circumstances. He said that the Indian Army firmly in talks with China said that the situation before April should be restored to resolve the dispute. Sources said that the army assesses that Chinese soldiers are not serious about resolving the border dispute.
It is believed that in a two-day conference, the army commanders discussed the possible challenges arising on the border with China and Pakistan and how to deal with them effectively. India and China have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks in the last two and a half months but no significant progress has been made to resolve the border dispute in East Ladakh.
The two sides held diplomatic-level next-stage talks on Thursday (20 August) following which the Ministry of External Affairs said that they have agreed to resolve pending issues in an expeditious and in accordance with the agreed agreement and procedure. However, sources said that no significant solution could be reached at the meeting.
Sources said that in military talks, the Indian Army made it clear that it was not acceptable to ‘replace’ the LAC by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, while the Chinese military tried to work out a strategy to justify its action in eastern Ladakh. Has He said that talks are being held at the military and diplomatic level between the two sides, but the Indian Army is also preparing to maintain the deployment of troops even in the cold winter in eastern Ladakh.
“The army is ready to camp on the LAC for a long time,” a military official said, keeping the identity a secret. Sources said that Army Chief General Narwane was already looking at the preparations for the advance areas of the LAC. Has given a message to be vigilant and respond aggressively to any Chinese misadventure. He said that the army has started the process of procuring arms, ammunition and special uniforms for the troops on the front fronts as many areas of LAC In winter, the temperature goes down to minus 25 degree Celsius.
Sources said that India is also in the process of laying new roads in Ladakh. The formal withdrawal of troops began on July 6, a day after telephone conversations between Ajit Doval and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. However, the process did not proceed since mid-July. Sources said the Chinese army had retreated from the Galvan Valley and some other locations where the skirmish took place, but troops from Pangog Soo, Depsang and some other places had not returned.