On Friday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fengge in Moscow amidst a deadlock with China over the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh over the border dispute. In this meeting, Rajnath Singh reminded China of its aggression mistake and said that the army would have to be removed immediately from the border for peace. The talks lasted for 2 hours and 20 minutes between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and China’s Defense Minister Wei Feng. During this time, Rajnath Singh made it clear that in order to make peace work, China would have to withdraw its army and work for the status quo.
According to sources, the main focus of the nearly two-and-a-half-hour conversation between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and the Chinese Defense Minister was to end the long-standing border dispute and restore peace. The focus of the entire conversation rested on finding a middle ground to reduce tension in eastern Ladakh.
On the sidelines of the meeting of the Defense Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries, in this meeting, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh made clear to his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fengge to establish the situation before the deadlock in East Ladakh. He clearly said that China will have to withdraw the army for peace.
Let us tell you that this is the first meeting of the Defense Ministers amidst the ongoing deadlock on the border between the two countries. The Defense Ministers of both countries are in Moscow to attend the meeting of the Defense Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries. This meeting took place on the sidelines of this meeting. The two Defense Ministers met at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow where the Chinese Defense Minister arrived to meet Rajnath Singh. Defense ministers were accompanied by delegations from their countries.
Negotiations began at 9:30 pm (Indian time) in a major hotel in Moscow, the capital of Russia, and lasted for two and a half hours. The Indian delegation also included Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar and India’s Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Verma. Earlier, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi over the border dispute over phone.
Rajnath Singh’s office tweeted, “The meeting ended in Moscow between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Chinese Defense Minister General V Feng. This meeting lasted for two hours and 20 minutes. According to sources, the Indian delegation strongly objected to the Chinese army’s new efforts to change the status quo along the south bank of Pangong Lake and insisted on resolving the deadlock through dialogue. Sources said that the Indian side wants to restore the status quo at all conflict points in East Ladakh.
This meeting is considered to be very important in the wake of increasing tension between the troops of India and China on the southern side of Pegong Lake last week. On June 15, there was a violent clash between the soldiers of China and India, in which 20 soldiers including a colonel of India were killed. A large number of Chinese soldiers were also killed, although China never officially announced it.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh left for Russia on Wednesday to attend an important meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) amid ongoing tensions in China and India. Sources in the news agency have told that there is no meeting with the Defense Minister of China in the schedule of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The regional security scenario is expected to be discussed in this meeting. The SCO Defense Ministers are meeting at a time when there is a border deadlock in East Ladakh between its two member countries – India and China.
China’s Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe is expected to attend the SCO meeting. Asked about the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Singh and Wei, apart from the SCO meeting, sources said that there is no such plan. For more than three and a half months, there has been a deadlock in several areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh between the troops of India and China.
Officials said that in addition to attending the SCO Defense Ministers meeting, Singh will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu and several other top military officials, aiming to expedite the implementation of several defense procurement programs. Singh will leave for India in the evening of September 5. This will be Singh’s second visit to Moscow after June.
He represented India in the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on 24 June. Russia has also invited Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting on 10 September.
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.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is taking several steps to bring the capabilities of research and manufacturing in the defense sector on one platform and the country will soon come into a major role in the field of defense exports. Rajnath said this on Thursday on the occasion of the annual launch of Naval Innovation and Indigenization Organization (NIIO). The organization is a joint initiative of the Navy, Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Upeeda), Raksha Shakti University and the startup ‘Maker Village’. He said that this initiative will give a new dimension to defense indigenization and innovation.
He said that the Prime Minister has shown the path of ‘self-reliant India’ to turn ‘disaster into opportunity’ and innovation and indigenization will play an important role in this effort. Based on these, the foundation of self-reliance can be laid.
Referring to agreements made with universities, startups, industrial organizations and defense industrial corridors on the occasion, he said that all stakeholders will have to work step by step to achieve self-sufficiency in the defense sector. Cooperation, coordination and partnership are important for this.
He said that users of products need to work closely with universities and industries for the products they need. The Navy is taking initiative in this direction. He said that for self-reliant India it is necessary to bring the users of the products with different stakeholders and the role of the Navy in it becomes bigger. Uttar Pradesh has taken up the challenge of defense corridor under Upenda and its results will be seen soon. The government will soon bring a bill to give the status of Central University to Raksha Shakti University.
Appreciating the role of the Navy in indigenization in the defense sector, he said that good work has been done on the warship-making front and now there is a need to focus on ‘fight components’. The country has been dependent on defense imports for a long time and could not emerge as a country supplying defense equipment and weapons.
He said, “We have the best talent in the world and the research of our institutes attests to this. In the last few years, research has started in the defense sector, which has created a strong bond between equipment users and research institutes. ” Rajnath said that the government has taken several steps to exploit these capabilities to bring them on a common platform and construction of defense corridors is one of them. He said that with all these efforts, the country will progress towards defense self-sufficiency and will become a major center for defense exports. The event was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior officials of the defense sector.