Tensions on the India-China border have been rising since the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley. The chances of an escalation into a military conflict on the Line of Actual Control have increased. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting with top military brass on the situation in eastern Ladakh. The Indian army has been given full freedom in giving a befitting reply to any Chinese aggressive behavior.
The soldiers did not open fire during the clash on June 15 because of the established practice on the LAC. The military veterans have criticized the decision to not open fire. The agreement signed in 1996 states that “Neither side shall open fire or hunt with guns or explosives within two kilometers from the line of actual control.”The chances of another clash are high as troops remain deployed in proximity at multiple locations along the LAC.
The Indian troops along the LAC are on high alert as well as Indian Air Force stations close to the borders with China. PM Modi had said in a meeting on Friday that the Indian army had been given the freedom to take necessary steps along the border. India had informed China of this decision through diplomatic means.