Defence minister Rajnath Singh meets CDS, NSA and 3 armed service chiefs
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Standoff with China: Rajnath meets CDS, NSA, 3 armed service chiefs

The meeting focused on laying the roadmap for the next chapter of discussions amidst the border stand-off

Bitopan Deka

New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh took part in a crucial meeting with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and with Indian Air Force, Army and Navy chiefs on Friday to discuss the border standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastren Ladakh.

The meeting was held a day after discussions were held by Indian foreign Minister S. Jaishankar with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow where India sternly resented the deployment of a large number of troops and military equipment by China along the LAC.

According to reports the high level meeting chaired by the defence minister saw deliberations being made on what will be the mechanism to take the border discussion forward in upcoming meetings at various levels. They were also said to have discussed the roadmap for issues to be taken up during the corps commander level between India and China.

Even as the both nations holding talks to de-escalate the tensions along the border, India stands firm on the status quo of territories at the LAC.

Despite the meeting being held, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has increased the buildup manifold in the last 48 hours. The Chinese army seems to be moving west towards finger 4.

Deployment has also been heightened on the Indian side with a large number of troops holding their ground along the Finger 3 ridgeline on the north bank of Pangong Tso.

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