Indian forces on highest alert after Ladakh clash with China
New Delhi : India and China talked over the border stand-off in the Ladakh region in which 20 soldiers were killed. Both the nations have opted for resolutions that does not escalate the matter and make situation tenser.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar told his counterpart in China Wang Yi in a phone conversation the Chinese side’s “pre-meditated and planned action” was behind the violence and casualties.
Here are some key developments in the matter:
# The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is holding crucial meetings to discuss infrastructure development near India-China border. On Wednesday, a meeting was held with Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) and other agencies like Border Road Organisations and Central Public Works Department involved in infrastructure development in Ladakh and areas close to the Indo-China border, news agency ANI reported.
# India on Wednesday responded sharply to the Chinese foreign ministry claiming Galwan Valley, asserting that this was an “exaggerated and untenable” claim.
# Both India and China had agreed to pull off their soldiers and de-escalate the tension in border region.
# Indian Army officials claimed 43 Chinese were killed or seriously injured, citing radio intercepts and other intelligence.
# The Indian armed forces have been put on the highest security alert after the incident.
# The army has strengthened its posture across the length of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where reinforcements have been sent, the Indian Air Force is keeping its contingency plans ready and the navy is also on alert in the Indian Ocean region where scores of warships are ready for any task, three military officers said on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity.