Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army chief Gen MM Naravane will visit Leh on Friday to review the security situation in eastern Ladakh in view of the Chinese aggression along the LAC. Reports quoting government sources say, preparations are underway to arrange the visit, which is likely to conclude in a day. This will be Rajnath Singh’s first visit to Ladakh since the tension broke out between the two countries in May, and Naravane’s second in just over a week. Last month on June 25, Naravane had visited the forward locations in Eastern Ladakh and later briefed important security functionaries including the Prime Minister, National Security Advisor and the Chief of Defence Staff about the ground situation in the Ladakh sector.
The situation at the India-China border remains tense after 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 when Chinese troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation. India and China have been engaged in discussions through established military and diplomatic channels to address the situation along the LAC in India-China border areas. This was third senior military commander level engagement in Chushul held to discuss issues related to disengagement at the faceoff sites along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas.