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PM Modi holds high-level meeting over China stand-off in Ladakh, Sikkim

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting to discuss the ongoing stand-off with China, media reports said. The report said that the three service chiefs, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attended the meet. Earlier a separate meeting of the foreign secretary was also held.

Media reports said prior to the meeting with PM Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had met the three service chiefs and briefed them. The meetings come in the wake of skirmishes between Chinese and Indian troops in Sikkim and Ladakh. Satellite pictures have shown that Beijing is expanding an airbase near Ladakh. Close shots have even revealed fighter jets on the tarmac.

China has also said that it will fly back its citizens soon. Indian and Chinese troops remained engaged in a serious situation in several disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh with reports stating that it could be the biggest military face-off after the Doklam in 2017. Top military sources were quoted by a news agency as saying that India has further increased its strength in Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley. These are the two areas where Chinese army is learnt to have deployed around 2,000 to 2,500 troops and set up temporary infrastructure.