Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the PM over the removal of the defence ministry’s report that had confirmed Chinese intrusion into Indian territory from the public domain
Green Top is a bush-covered plateau perched at over 5,000 metres on a ridge stretching out from Pangong’s north shore.
Prior to Chinese movement in the region, India had stationed a mountain brigade and armoured brigade in the area, but has now moved in over 15,000 personnel to the region by air and road
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May 5.
In the last few weeks, dozens of lawmakers, across the aisle, both on the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate and outside the Capitol have praised India of standing strong against the Chinese efforts to grab Indian territories
The secretary of state said China has the desire to expand its power and reach.
The Indian Army has already sent thousands of troops to forward locations along the Line of Actual Control. The additional deployment comes amid slow withdrawal from the Chinese forces.
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The Indian Navy deployed a range of its frontline warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to send a clear message to China when the border tension escalated manifold in the wake of the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15.
During the briefing, the spokesman noted that China and India have recently conducted "intensive communication through military and diplomatic channels.”
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So far, senior military commanders of the two armies have held four rounds of talks on disengagement of troops from the friction points in eastern Ladakh with an aim to restore peace and tranquillity in the region.
The main focus of the talks was speedy implementation of ongoing defence procurement programmes as well as further expansion of overall defence and security ties between the two countries.
The move, so far, does not impact the private sector but includes all government and autonomous bodies, public sector banks and financial institutions, PPP projects and CPSEs
British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton also expressed concern over Chinese action in Hong Kong as well as cases of human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
The troops of India and China are locked in a standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh since May 5. The situation deteriorated last month following the Galwan Valley clashes that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead.
According to a report, regular Chinese border troops that had been manning the area before, have now been deployed at the friction point in Galwan area.
Besides Hot Springs, Chinese troops also continue to maintain presence in Depsang Plains and Pangong Tso in Ladakh as per reports.
Jaishankar's no-holds-barred attack on Gandhi came after the former Congress chief hit out at the government saying that over the last six years, India has been "disturbed and disrupted" with regard to its foreign policy and economy.
The experts also said China's military 'misadventure' may have been driven in part by President Xi Jinping's attempt to show "gains somewhere" after the growing global criticism against his country over the origin of COVID-19.
Addressing Army and ITBP jawans in Lukung, Singh said talks are underway to resolve the standoff in eastern Ladakh, "but to what extent it will be resolved I cannot guarantee".
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The Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans on Thursday also expressed their condolences for the lives lost in the Galwan Valley.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Stakna and Lukung forward areas in eastern Ladakh amid border tensions between India and China.
The army said senior commanders of the Indian and Chinese military reviewed the progress on implementation of the first phase of disengagement and discussed further steps to ensure complete withdrawal of troops in the region.