In an address at a conference, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the Indian Air Force has responded to the situation with rapidity and is fully resolved to counter any "misadventure" in the region.
The Indian Army has decided to maintain its current strength of troops in all key areas in eastern Ladakh in the winter months.
The meeting comes amidst the continuing stand-off between the Indian Army and China’s PLA along the 3,400 km-long Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
The Indian side also told the Chinese delegation that the talks on disengagement should include Depsang as well as all face-off sites, insisting that it should be a simultaneous process and not a selective one, they said.
The two armies also agreed to strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments and earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan gave a brief account of the four-month-long standoff and said the Chinese side attempted to transgress the Line of Actual (LAC) in several areas of the western sector since mid-May.
Such cables, which would provide forward troops with secure lines of communication to bases in the rear, have recently been spotted to the south of Pangong Tso lake in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, a senior government official said.
Tension escalated in the region after Indian troops foiled attempts by Chinese military to occupy Indian territories in the southern bank of Pangong lake area on the intervening night of August 29 and 30.
As on August 29, the total number of cases in Ladakh is 2,609 of which active cases are 826 while 1745 have recovered and 32 deaths.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the two sides had a "candid and in-depth" exchange of views on the existing situation on the Line of Actual Control(LAC), and reaffirmed to sincerely work towards complete disengagement of the troops in the western sector.
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"The Union Territory status has given Ladakh a great opportunity with good funds and strengthening of the machinery to develop its infrastructure, matching the national level, where the region so far has lagged behind," Mathur said addressing the gathering after inaugurating the bridge.
Amid China's aggressive posturing along the LAC, India has initiated several measures against Chinese entities.
Airtel was the first operator to launch the 4G services in Ladakh and has the widest 4G footprint in the region, the spokesperson said.
The Chinese army has pulled back from Galwan Valley and certain other areas but the withdrawal of troops has not moved forward from the Finger Four and Eight areas in Pangong Tso as demanded by India.
Srivastava also said the senior commanders of the two militaries will be meeting in the "near future" to work out steps to complete the process of disengagement.
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.
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.”
India should understand the big picture and concentrate on building its military, diplomatic, political, and economic capabilities to manage China. In the long run, that is the only sustainable way to deal with a powerful neighbour
The parleys took place against the backdrop of reports that the disengagement process has not moved forward as expected following the last round of marathon Corps Commander-level talks on July 14.
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.
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 Asian power struggle is going to be a long-term agenda, with New Delhi potentially becoming a fulcrum point. Ṭhe Ladakh crisis has arguably re-designed its entire approach to China from here on