September 5, 2020

Rajnath, China Defence Minister meet in Moscow amid Ladakh tensions

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met his Chinese counterpart in Moscow, where both are attending a three-day event. Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghi had asked for the meeting on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in the Russian capital.
Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a tense border row in eastern Ladakh since May. In June, 20 soldiers laid down their lives for India in a clash with Chinese troops at Galwan valley. Over 40 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured.
Tension flared up again after Chinese troops tried to occupy territory in the south bank of Pangong Lake last Saturday and again on Monday. Indian forces were prepared and prevented these attempts to “unilaterally alter the status quo” at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the government said.
India has now taken control of a number of strategic heights in the region and has also rushed in additional troops and weapons following the Chinese attempts. The attempts were made even as the two nations were engaged in diplomatic and military talks to resolve the border row. “Peaceful stable and secure region of SCO member states, which is home to over 40 per cent of the global population, demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other’s interest and peaceful resolution of differences,” Mr Singh said at the ministerial meet of the SCO, in the presence of the Chinese Defence Minister.
Both India and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO, an eight-nation regional grouping that primarily focuses on security and defence issues.

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