Leh | Jagran News Desk: Days after India and China agreed to withdraw troops to maintain peace and tranquility in the region, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday arrived in Leh for a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir to assess the security situation in the region. 

The Defence Minister was accompained by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane. In his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, Rajnath Singh will likely speak to field commanders and will take stock of the situation at both the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Line of Control (LOC).

"Leaving for Leh on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. I shall be visiting the forward areas to review the situation at the borders and also interact with the Armed Forces personnel deployed in the region. Looking forward to it," said the Defence Minister before leaving for Leh.

Rajnath Singh's two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir comes amid the tensions between India and China. While Pakistan constantly violates ceasefire from across the LoC, China has continued to intrude into Indian territory in Ladakh region in recent past, escalating tensions between India and its eastern neighbour.

India-China standoff:

India and China were locked in a standoff with each in eastern Ladakh over the past few months. The standoff between the two Asian giants escalated especially after the deadly clash at the Galwan Valley which resulted in the death of the 20 Indian soldiers.

According to a report by news agency ANI, China suffered 43 casualties during the standoff at Galwan. China, however, has not officially declared the number of casualties it suffered at Galwan.

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However, following a series of diplomatic and military talks, India and China began a mutual disengagement process on July 6 and withdrew troops from most of the friction points to maintain peace and tranquility across the Line of Actual Control.   

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma