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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets CDS, Army Chief to assess LAC situation in Ladakh

Amid India-China standoff, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday met with Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane to assess the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The meeting comes amid the reports that there has not been any de-escalation from the Chinese side at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh's Galwan Valley.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asserted that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh, stating that while the country honours the spirit of friendship, it is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary.

"Those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. India honours the spirit of friendship. It is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary, without shying away," he said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio show 'Mann Ki Baat' without naming China.

Earlier this week the Army Chief had visited eastern Ladakh amid the simmering border tensions. He had also visited forward locations near the LAC. 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed when violent clashed broke out between Indian and Chinese armies in the Galwan valley area in Eastern Ladakh on June 15-16.

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria had also visited Leh and Srinagar recently to review the preparedness of the force.

The Army has sent thousands of additional troops to the LAC in various sectors including in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has also moved its aerial assets such as the Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache attack helicopters in the forward air bases.

India-Japan joint Naval exercise ::

In a show of unity, the Indian and Japanese navies conducted exercises in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR today. Indian Navy vessels INS Rana and INS Kulish conducted an exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF) training squadron that consisted of Japanese Ship Kashima and JS Shimayuki.

"JS KASHIMA (TV 3508) and JS SHIMAYUKI (TV 3513), the JMSDF Training Squadron, conducted an exercise with INS RANA and INS KULISH, Indian Navy at the Indian Ocean. JMSDF promoted mutual understanding with Indian Navy through this exercise (sic)," JMSDF said in a tweet along with photographs of the exercise.

The exercise assumes importance on the backdrop of ongoing tensions between India and China in Galwan along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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