India-China standoff: Army Chief reaches Leh as tensions escalate in eastern Ladakh

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Army Chief, General MM Naravane, on Thursday morning arrived in Ladakh for two days visit to review the ground situation amidst escalating tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, reported a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO). General Naravane’s visit comes after recent clashes between the armies in eastern Ladakh.

Unidentified official sources told the agency that the army chief met top army officials and has sought feedback from the army officers about recent brigade commander’s level talks with Chinese counterparts.

After the recent clashes on the night of 29 August, the Indian defence ministry said that the army had foiled proactive actions of China to change the status quo in the area. The sources said that the army chief will be in Ladakh for two days and will review the security situation in the area.

This is the second visit of the army chief in the area post the escalating tensions with China; earlier, the army chief visited Leh to verify about the health of injured army troopers during the first round of de-escalation process and then accompanied the prime minister of India and defence minister of India as well to access the situation and security.

Cautioning China about its actions in eastern Ladakh, the chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat recently said that military option in on the table to deal with China if talks fail. Foreign minister, S Jaishankar recently said that the situation in Ladakh is more serious in the ensuing year than 1962. (KNO)

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