India and China are engaged in serious dialogues both at military and diplomatic levels to resolve the weeks-long Ladakh standoff.
This was informed by defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.
At the same time, an HT report stated that Singh had assured the country that the government will not allow India’s dignity to be hurt under any circumstan
Singh’s statement is the first from a senior central minister on the standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that threatens to further deteriorate Indo-China relationship.
China has marshalled close to 5,000 soldiers and deployed tanks and artillery guns on its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh sector where India has also sent military reinforcements and matched the neighbour’s military moves, the report added.
Chinese troops are also holding positions on their side of the border in north Sikkim where soldiers of the two countries were involved in a nasty brawl on May 9 that left seven Chinese and four Indian soldiers injured.
Indian and Chinese soldiers are at loggerheads at four locations along the LAC in eastern Ladakh and several rounds of talks between local military commanders have failed to end the standoff that began with a violent confrontation between rival patrols on May 5-6 near Pangong Tso.