Amid continuing stand-off at Doklam near Sikkim, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat will visit Ladakh for three days from tomorrow to take stock of the security situation.
. The Army Chief’s visit to Ladakh assumes significance in the wake of Indian and Chinese troops getting involved in a minor scuffle at Pangong Tso lake near Leh earlier this week. During his visit to Ladakh, the Army chief would review the status with the local commanders of the Army and Air Force and also take stock of military preparations in the Eastern Ladakh region, Army sources said. India shares more than 800 km border with China in Eastern Ladakh. Chinese soldiers had to retreat after resistance put up by Indian soldiers. Defence establishment has seen such attempts by the Chinese troops as acts of deliberate incitement.
Official sources have repeatedly said such incidents should not have happened as these were not in the interest of either country. India has favoured engagement with China to restore peace and tranquility at the border and resolve the stand-off at Doklam which has entered into the third month. China had tried to build a road at Doklam, the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan which was stopped by the Indian Army. Troops from both the countries have since been involved in the face-off.