Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is not likely to meet his Chinese counterpart during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting scheduled to be held in Russia, sources said on Wednesday.
Singh left for Russia on a 3-day visit today to attend crucial meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu on further boosting bilateral defence cooperation.
The defence ministers of all eight SCO member nations are expected to deliberate on regional security challenges like terrorism and extremism and ways to deal with them “collectively” in Moscow on Friday. The meeting is taking place under the shadow of a fierce border row between India and China, both members of the influential bloc.
Chinese Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe and Pakistan’s Pervez Khattak are also expected to attend the SCO meeting.
Indian security forces on Tuesday foiled an attempt by the Chinese Army to transgress into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in the general area of Chumar in Eastern Ladakh.
While the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is now very tense. India has said that China again engaged in “provocative action” and termed the PLA bid a reflection of “complete disregard” to bilateral understandings.