Ladakh Standoff: General Rawat warns China, says India ready for military action along LAC

India and China are locked in a military confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for the past several months. Although both sides have conducted partial disengagement, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is now unwilling to return to its original positions across the LAC.

Ladakh Standoff: General Rawat warns China, says India ready for military action along LAC
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New Delhi: Giving out a warning to China, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat asserted on Monday that India may opt for a military solution if talks fail to resolve the ongoing stand-off in eastern Ladakh.


India and China are locked in a military confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for the past several months. Although both sides have conducted partial disengagement, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is now unwilling to return to its original positions across the LAC.


 “Transgressions along the LAC occur due to differing perceptions about its alignment. The defence services are tasked to monitor and carry out surveillance and prevent such transgressions from turning into intrusions. The whole of the government's approach is adopted to peacefully resolve any such activity and prevent intrusions. The defence services always remain prepared for military actions should all efforts to restore status quo along the LAC do not succeed,” General Rawat told Hindustan Times.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had a meeting with the three service chiefs on Saturday in order to discuss the military stand-off with China.



General Rawat, who was the chief of staff of the Indian Army during the confrontation with China in Doklam, asserted that all the options before India in the context of the current situation was discussed during the meeting.


“Defence minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and all those responsible for national security are reviewing all options with the objective that PLA restores status quo ante in Ladakh,” the CDS said.


General Rawat also asserted that the central intelligence agencies maintain strong co-ordination among themselves, but they face a tough task along the vast and geographically difficult borders with China and Pakistan, apart from the long coastline.


China has positioned troops, artillery and armour in three sectors of Line of Actual Control - western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal). China has also mobilised soldiers near Uttarakhand's Lipulekh Pass, a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley.



The border tension between India and China has not been resolved despite several rounds of military and diplomatic talks. China's commitment for disengagement at the border in eastern Ladakh remains unsatisfactory and India has directed its armed forces to prepare for a long haul.


China has also set up permanent structures near the border areas going against its commitment to India of disengagement.


The dispute started at the borders in eastern Ladakh after China changed the status quo on the Line of Actual Control at various places, moving inside Indian territory. India has objected to it and is taking up the matter with China at all levels.


On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were martyred while more than 100 Chinese troops were killed in a bloody hand-to-hand clash at the Galwan Valley.




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