India-china border tension: Top political, national security leadership likely to discuss LAC situation today

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The meeting will also discuss the delay in the Corps Commander level talks which was agreed upon in the diplomatic talks between both sides in Russia.

 

Top political and national security brass are likely to meet on Friday to discuss the way forward on the ongoing conflict with China on the border.

According to the news agency ANI report, the participants would include senior ministers dealing with the situation along with the senior military leadership.

According to the sources, the leadership is likely to discuss the Chinese military activities in Doklam and other areas on Bhutanese soil along with the Indian preparations to deal with the situation.

The meeting will also discuss the delay in the Corps Commander level talks which was agreed upon in the diplomatic talks between both sides in Russia.

The first five rounds of talks had failed to gain any significant results for disengagement at friction points as the Chinese continue to not only sit at Finger 4 but have also fortified their presence there.

The leaders had discussed the situation on the Chinese buildup in Bhutan recently where the People's Liberation Army has amassed troops and weaponry for quite some time now.

India and China have been engaged in a standoff since April-May over the transgressions by the Chinese Army in multiple areas including Finger area, Galwan Valley, Hot springs and Kongrung Nala. 

Negotiations between the two sides have been going on for the last three months, including five Lieutenant General-level talks but have failed to yield any results, so far.

On September 1, the meeting of brigade commander of the Indian Army with his Chinese counterpart held in Chushul/Moldo. As per the report from the Indian Army sources, the Brigade commander’s discussed issues related to the situation on the southern bank of Pangong lake.

The Chinese Army has refused to withdraw or disengage completely from the Finger area and seems to be buying time to delay its disengagement from there.

The tensions between the two neighbouring countries along the border escalated on June 15 face-off in Galwan valley leading to casualties on both sides.

20 Indian Army personnel, including the commanding officer of 16 Bihar regiment Colonel Santosh Babu lost his life at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15-16 night after a more than three-hour-long fight. 

India has also now taken a hard military stance and deployed around 45,000 troops along with elements of armoured divisions.
 

With inputs from Agency

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