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“Military Options Open If Talks Fail”: CDS General Bipin Rawat On India-China Face-off At Ladakh

Rawat said the Army has been asked to prevent encroachments around the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and to monitor such attempts.

 

New Delhi| Amidst the India-China border dispute, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has made a big statement. According to news agency ANI, Rawat said, “If the dispute is not resolved by talks with China, then the military option is also open. However, efforts are being made to find a solution peacefully.”

Army Prepared For Military Action All The Time

Rawat said the Army has been asked to prevent encroachments around the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and to monitor such attempts. The government wants to settle the dispute by negotiation, but if efforts to maintain status-quo at the LAC do not succeed due to any reason, then military option is open at all times.

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Defense Minister reviewing all options

Rawat said that Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and others concerned are reviewing all options to restore status quo at LAC in Ladakh as it was before April. Rawat also dismissed the lack of co-ordination in intelligence agencies. He said that there is constant interaction between all agencies. Multi-agency centres meet daily. We are working on 24-hour surveillance in our areas along the border.

China is not retreating from many areas in Ladakh

In a conversation with NSA Doval after Galwan clash, China agreed that it would withdraw from the disputed areas. Disengagement of the first phase was also completed, but in many areas, China is again adopting a stubborn attitude. Even after several rounds of army level talks, China is not withdrawing its troops from Finger Area, Depsang and Gogra in Ladakh. On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the skirmish between India and China in Galwan Valley. China also had about 35 soldiers killed, but it has not officially accepted the fatality.

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