New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the ongoing tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and all the three service chiefs to discuss the situation in eastern Ladakh. 

In his meeting, the Defence Minister discussed the situation in eastern Ladakh and other areas and gave full freedom to the Indian Armed Forces to deal with any aggressive behaviour by People's Liberation Army (PLA) along the LAC, reported news agency PTI.

Government sources told PTI that Rajnath further told the forces to be "fully ready to give befitting reply to any Chinese misadventure" in eastern Ladakh and other sectors.

The government has also decided to adopt a different tactical approach in guarding border with China henceforth and the top military brass were told to ensure strict vigil on Chinese activities around land border, airspace and in strategic sea lanes, PTI quoted sources as saying.

The meeting took place ahead of Singh's visit to Russia where he will witness Victory Day Military Parade on June 24. Singh will take part in the 75th anniversary of the Russia victory in the World War II Military Parade on June 24.

Meanwhile, India on Saturday strongly rejected China’s claim of sovereignty over Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, asserting that attempts by the Chinese side to "advance exaggerated and untenable" claims are not at all acceptable.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said China's claim over Galwan Valley was not in accordance with its own position in the past, noting that attempts of transgression by Chinese side were invariably met with appropriate response from the Indian troops.

"The position with regard to the Galwan Valley area has been historically clear. Attempts by the Chinese side to now advance exaggerated and untenable claims with regard to Line of Actual Control (LAC) there are not acceptable. They are not in accordance with China's own position in the past," he said.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma