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China made significant deployment: Rajnath

Minister says important dialogue scheduled for June 6

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday acknowledged that China had moved troops in “significant numbers” in the ongoing stand-off on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). There was an important dialogue between the two countries scheduled on June 6 to resolve the issue, he said.

Separately, sources said a dialogue was held on Tuesday at the Major General level.

“It is true that there have been differences on the border at this time. A significant number of Chinese troops have come in. India too has done what it should,” Mr. Singh told CNN News18. “As of now, negotiations are going on at the military level. On June 6, there will be talks between senior military officers. I discussed about this with the Army chief today,” he said.

Dialogue between military commanders had been going on daily, sources said, including at the level of Majors General on Tuesday too. No concrete resolution had been achieved, it had been learnt and the talks would continue, the sources said.

Mr. Singh observed that China should also think seriously in this regard so that the issue was resolved completely. Asked to comment on reports of Chinese troops moving inside Indian territory, he said without getting into specifics, “India will not infringe on anyone’s sovereignty and at the same time, India will not let anyone infringe on its sovereignty.”

On the differences in perception on the alignment of the LAC, he said there was something constantly going on between India and China regarding the border.

“There will hardly be a year when there is no face-off on the border between both the Indian Army and the Chinese Army,” Mr. Singh said. Sometimes there had been such tensions that firearms had been snatched, he noted.

For close to a month now, Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in stand-offs at several locations along the LAC after Chinese troops moved into Indian territory at Pangong Tso, Galwan Nalah, Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh and Naku La in Sikkim.

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