If diplomatic talks with China over the border issue fail, then military options are on the table, said Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday.
“The military option to deal with the transgressions by the Chinese is still on but will be considered only if the talks at the diplomatic and military level fail,” said General Bipin Rawat.
He however, refused to share what military options India is looking upon.
Reports say the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops are sitting at various disputed and friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
They have refused to disengage since mid-July and have started construction work on those disputed junctions.
Apart from that they have been raising unacceptable points before India.
To deal with the emerging situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the top defence officials to discuss the situation at the border with China.
China has refused to move back from its present military position north of the Pangong Tso and Depsang.
The PLA has refused to pull back eastwards from the 8-km stretch it has occupied from Finger-4 to Finger-8 by building scores of new fortifications there since early May.
The mountain spurs jutting into the lake are referred to as Fingers in military parlance.
China has also increased its troop deployment at Lipulekh, the place that became a trigger for strained relations between New Delhi and Kathmandu.
Lipulekh is a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley.
China has changed the status quo on the LAC at various places. India has objected to it and is taking up the matter with China at all levels.
Both the countries are locked in a more than three-month-long standoff at multiple points, hitherto unprecedented, along the border.