The government, on Friday carried out an assessment of the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). the high-powered China Study Group (CSG), which consists of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs looked into the possibilities of enhancing the vigil along the 3500 km long LAC.
According to agency reports citing sources, the group was briefed by Army Chief General MM Naravane, who also elaborated upon the steps taken by the Indian Army to deal with Chinese attempts to disrespect the LAC.
“The meeting of the China Study Group reviewed all aspects of the situation,” a source told news agency PTI. The meeting also discussed arrangements to be made to logistically support the high-altitude areas, where temperatures drop to -25 degrees Celsius during winters.
India to press for implementation of the agreement reached on September 10
Meanwhile, it has been decided that a Corps Commander-level meeting will take place between the Chinese and Indian armies over the next two-three days. CSG also deliberated upon the points to be raised during the meeting. As agreed, the meeting will focus on the implementation of the agreement reached by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in Moscow on September 10.
“We will insist on early and complete disengagement of Chinese troops from all friction points. That is the first step for restoration of peace and tranquillity along the border… There is no date as of now as the Chinese military is yet to respond to it. The talks could take place sometime next week,” a source told the agency.
PLA has made several attempts to intimidate the Indian troops by resorting to firing along the LAC. At least three incidents of firing have taken place over the past 20 days along the LAC. In fact, as reported earlier by Times Now, Chinese troops have also resorted to installing loudspeakers and playing Punjab numbers for the Indian troops.
During a briefing on Thursday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said – China should take forward the process for complete disengagement of troops from all friction points including at the Pangong lake area and asked it not to make unilateral attempts to change the status quo.
His comments may be viewed on the backdrop of claims by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which, on Wednesday said that it was the Indian troops which should begin the disengagement first.