In light of the recent scuffle between Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Ladakh's Gallwan Valley, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has held a high-level meeting with Chief Of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat to take stock of the situation and deliberate on way ahead.
As per the Indian Army sources, a violent scuffle broke out between the Indian Army and the PLA last night in which casualties were there on both sides. While we do not have the confirmation on how many casualties were there on the Chinese side, an army Colonel and two other troops were martyred on the Indian side.
The meeting was also attended by Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh.
Military commanders and Army Generals from both sides have been in communications with each other and meetings are underway to defuse the tension between two nuclear powers in the region.
There is confirmation that no bullets have been fired at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the casualties have taken place by other objects.
The last time a bullet was fired at the LAC was in 1975.
India-China LAC clash: What We Know So Far?
- During the de-escalation process in Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place last night with casualties.
- Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.
- On Monday, Brigade Commander and company level talks happened in Eastern Ladakh between India and China.
- The talks are happening near patrolling point 14, near the mouth of Galwan Valley and patrolling point 17 at Hot Spring Area.
- Meanwhile, according to reports, China's foreign office has said it hopes India will not take unilateral action and won't let the situation to further escalate.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar over India-China clash at LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
- China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas, China's Global Times quoted their Foreign Minister, ANI reported.