The Indian Army held a Flag Meeting with representatives of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday over the intrusion of some 40 PLA troops into the Ladakh region of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, last week.
The Flag Meeting took place on a day when Indian Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurien Antony had some tough words for the intruders at the Unified Commanders Conference of the Indian armed forces. These meetings have earlier been held in the Chushul sector.
“The current situation is not one of our creation. However, we remain committed to a peaceful resolution of the situation, through military and diplomatic dialogue within the framework of the agreements for maintaining peace and tranquility. At the same time, I wish to emphasize that there should not be any doubt that the country remains unanimous in its commitment to take every possible step, at all levels, to safeguard our interests,” said Antony.
Around 40 PLA troops had been reported to have intruded and set up camp, 19 kilometers across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which divides Chinese-occupied parts of Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian state The two countries have disputes over territory in nine areas of the state, besides the eastern frontier, where China refuses to accept Indian sovereignty over the state of Arunachal Pradesh.