Talks with China to continue for resolving border issues: Rajnath Singh

Referring to the situation along the western borders with Pakistan, Singh complimented the Indian Army’s response to cross-border terrorism, while stressing that proxy war by India’s adversary continues.
Defence minister meeting with Army commanders
Defence minister meeting with Army commanders

New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh has said that the ongoing negotiations with China will continue for a peaceful resolution on outstanding issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, even as Indian troops stand firm along the country’s northern borders.

Despite four rounds of disengagement from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, Gogra (PP-17A) and Hot Springs (PP-15), Indian and Chinese armies still have tens of thousands of troops each, and advanced weaponry, deployed in the Ladakh theatre. Problems at Depsang and Demchok are still on the negotiating table.

Singh also complimented the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for “quantum improvement of road communication” in the country’s forward areas.

Referring to the situation along the western borders with Pakistan, Singh complimented the Indian Army’s response to cross-border terrorism, while stressing that proxy war by India’s adversary continues.

“I compliment the excellent synergy between the CAPF/police forces and the army in tackling the menace of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The synergised operations in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are contributing to increased stability in the region and the same should continue.”

During the conference on Tuesday, the army top brass deliberated upon all aspects of the existing security scenario, situation along the borders and in the hinterland, and challenges for the present security apparatus, the army said in a statement.

“In addition, the conference also focused on issues pertaining to organisational restructuring, logistics, administration, human resource management, modernisation through indigenisation, induction of niche technologies and assessment of impact of the various existing global situations,” it said.

In his address, Singh also touched upon the complex global situation that affected everyone.

“Unconventional and asymmetric warfare, including hybrid war, will be part of future conventional wars. Cyber, information, communication, trade and finance have all become an inseparable part of future conflicts. The armed forces will have to keep all these facets in consideration while planning and formulating strategies,” he added.

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