Will not accept any shift in Line of Actual Control: CDS Bipin Rawat

General Bipin Rawat. (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat today said that India will not accept any shift in Line of Actual Control (LAC), amid the ongoing border tensions with China in eastern Ladakh.

“Our posturing is unambiguous. We will not accept any shift in Line of Actual Control,” he said.

In an address at a virtual seminar, Gen Rawat said, “The situation along Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh remains tense and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is facing unanticipated consequences of its misadventure in Ladakh because of the firm responses by Indian forces.”

He also said that border confrontations and unprovoked military actions spiralling into larger conflict can’t be discounted.

His remark comes just ahead of the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between the Indian Army and the Chinese PLA today.

The talks will take place in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

Nearly 50,000 Indian Army troops are currently deployed in a high state of combat readiness in various mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh as multiple rounds of talks between the two sides have not yielded concrete outcome to resolve the six-month-long military standoff.

Furthermore, the Chinese PLA has also deployed an equal number of troops, according to reports.

The last round of Corps Commander-level talks took place on October 12 but there was no breakthrough on the disengagement of troops from the friction points.

-CHK