PM Modi chairs CCS meet to take stock of situation on LAC
The Cabinet Committee on Security took stock of two back-to-back meetings with China in the midst of escalating tension on the border
The meeting was attended by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval along with other senior officials, The Tribune reported.
The meeting was called taking cognizance of the recent violence at the LAC including firing of gunshots for which both countries have blamed each other.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs blamed India for the rising tension at the LAC advising India to hold those accountable who are responsible for the firing.
In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, “We demand that the Indian side immediately stop dangerous activities, pull back trespassers, hold those who fired the shots in provocation accountable, and make sure such incidents will not be repeated.”
However, the Indian Army later denied the allegations made by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stating it was an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.
Interestingly, China is now doing a turnaround by asking India to resolve the matter through dialogue. As per The Tribune, the Chinese side reiterated, “Confrontation does no good to anyone.”
Amid the flaring of tensions, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is likely to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting on September 10.