India-China border standoff: Crucial meeting between EAM Jaishankar and Chinese FM Wang Yi in Moscow shortly

Moscow: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ meet on Thursday amid a fierce standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control, which began in May but continues till today even after multiple efforts by New Delhi to de-escalate.

The meeting, set to take place at 6 pm (IST), comes in the backdrop of the crucial dialogue between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart at the same forum a week ago.

Though high-level diplomatic and military engagements between the neighbours are being held, the relentless Chinese army continues to provoke the Indian forces near eastern Ladakh while trying to transgress into Indian territory.

In the latest flare-up along the border, Chinese troops fired shots in the air while trying to approach Indian outposts along the LAC on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake.

The Indian Army on Tuesday said that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been “blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres”.

India recently gave China a taste of its own medicine by taking control of a strategic height near Pangong’s southern bank, thwarting an attempt by the Chinese PLA to transgress into Indian territory near Chushul in Ladakh.

“I met Chushul village representatives yesterday. We spoke about the moral responsibility to assist the Indian Army as citizens of the country. The local civilians will wholeheartedly support the Army in their capacity,” Ladakh Member of Parliament JT Namgyal said.

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