The Indian troopers deployed along the 3,500-km de-facto border with China have been given “full freedom” in giving “befitting” reply to any Chinese aggressive behaviour, reports say.
According to reports, the order came after defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday held a high-level meeting with top military brass on the situation in eastern Ladakh.
The meeting was attended by chief of defence staff gen Bipin Rawat, Army chief gen MM Naravane, Navy chief admiral Karambir Singh and Air chief marshal RKS Bhadauria.
Singh reportedly told the top military brass to maintain strict vigil on Chinese activities around land border, airspace and in strategic sea lanes, and asked them to adopt a “tough” approach in dealing with any misadventure by Chinese forces, Economic Times reported.
Indian and Chinese armies have been on a six-week standoff in several areas of eastern Ladakh.
The ties between the two countries came under severe strain after Chinese PLA killed 20 Indian soldiers and injured around 76 at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh on June 15.