India-China standoff in Ladakh: PM chairs high-level meet with NSA Doval, CDS Gen Rawat, Service Chiefs

New Delhi: Amid continuing tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, a top-level security meet is underway at the Prime Minister’s Office here on Tuesday evening. Apart from National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs are present at the high-level meeting being chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The meeting came shortly after earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met CDS General Rawat and the three service chiefs to review the ground situation in Eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontations across several locations.At the hour-long meeting, the Defence Minister was briefed on the simmering tensions along the de facto border.Sources said it was asserted during the meeting that the Indian Army will not step back even as talks continue parallelly to defuse the situation.

A decision was taken at the meeting to fortify Indian troop deployment at the sensitive locations in Eastern Ladakh to match those of the Chinese.

Further, road constructions would continue as before to improve infrastructure in the region, much required for able guarding of the Indian territory.

The tensions along the LAC haven’t de-escalated despite several rounds of meeting between officials of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army.According to sources, more troops have been moved in by China along the sites of confrontation and India has matched China’s strength by sending in reinforcements. The first faceoff was reported from Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh on May 5, and four days later, at Naku La Pass in North Sikkim.

Eyeball-to-eyeball situation has been reported from multiple places in Ladakh, primarily at Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley. At both these places, the Chinese have enhanced their deployment.In view of the developments, the Indian Army has also boosted troop deployment at Trig Heights, Demchok and Chumar in Ladakh.

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had visited Leh, headquarters of 14 Corps in Ladakh, on Friday to review the prevailing security situation along the Line of Actual Control with China.

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