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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130428/ground.htm
The new Chinese puzzle
India must make the right moves on the Chinese intrusion, for its actions on this incident would set the tone for its dealings with the new Chinese leadership over the next decade. And it has to assert its national interests.
Raj Chengappa
Daulat Beg Oldie — the name has a curious origin. Located far north in the cold desert region of Ladakh, abutting the forbidding but strategic Karakoram range, the place reportedly gets its name from a 16th century Yarkandi merchant, who died there while traversing the Silk Route.

Ever since India’s dispute with China over the border issue, that resulted in the 1962 conflict, Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) has been viewed by Delhi as critical to its defence fortifications on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Recently, apart from refurbishing the airstrip, one of the highest in the world, the Indian government has been making efforts to connect DBO by a road to Leh.

That’s why last week when a platoon of China’s People’s Liberation Army pitched tents and set up a camp 10 km from the LAC on the Indian side, it was viewed by the Indian government as a serious transgression. It sparked a diplomatic and military row on the 50th anniversary of the India-China war. Initially, a volley of hot words was exchanged and the Indian Army flew in reinforcements.

China, on its part, played down the incident and denied it had violated the LAC, pointing out that since the border remains undefined in many sectors, both sides have frequently intruded into each other’s zone. A spokesperson of the Chinese Defence Ministry is quoted to have said, “Chinese border troops have strictly observed the relevant agreements between China and India and have been working to safeguard border peace and tranquility.”

India, too, then began toning down the tenor of its statements. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid announced that he was not cancelling his planned trip to China on May 8, stating that both sides were keen that the dispute does not “destroy” the substantial progress they have made in their ties. And the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on Saturday described the DBO intrusion as “a localised problem” and that “we do believe that we can solve this problem.”

Clearly, there are efforts being made to de-escalate the crisis arising out of the recent Chinese intrusion. China had earlier indicated that its new premier Li Keaqiang would make his first foreign visit after assuming office to India, signalling the importance that the new Chinese leadership, which took the reins in March, places on its relationship with India. The new President, Xi Jinping, seemed to have got off to a good start with Manmohan Singh when they met for the first time on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Durban in March.

That’s why the recent DBO intrusion remains a Chinese puzzle. Before the intrusion, the new Chinese leadership had sent the right signals. Before he arrived in Durban, Xi Jinping had outlined Panchsheel type of policy principles in relations with India. Among them was to “maintain strategic communications and keep bilateral relations between the two countries on track.” The others were to expand cooperation in infrastructure and investment, strengthen cultural ties and people-to-people contact, increase collaboration in multi-lateral affairs to tackle global challenges, apart from accommodating each other’s core concerns and handling differences existing between the two countries.

That the new leadership would adopt such an aggressive posture before a major bilateral visit with India has perplexed China watchers. Was the intrusion a routine episode pushed through by an assertive local commander in retaliation to an Indian incursion into the Chinese side of the LAC at another sector? After all, there are reports that such intrusions happen frequently across the LAC and annually there are over 100 such incidents. Or was the new leadership trying to send a strong message to India, indicating that on territorial concerns whether with India or in the East with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, it would make no compromises?

The key to understanding the latest Chinese move is the context in which it is happening. There is little doubt that the new Chinese leadership is keen to establish its credentials both domestically and internationally. Part of that means sending a signal to the PLA that it would make no comprises on territorial disputes such as Tibet.

There are also major internal issues, including signs of a restless rural population that have not benefited much from the phenomenal economic progress. The new leadership has to ensure that the Communist Party of China continues to have a tight grip over the affairs of the country. There is also tendency of the Chinese to externalise their internal problems and the DBO incident should also be studied to see if there is such a thread in the Chinese thinking.

Whatever be the context of the DBO intrusion, it is important that India makes the right moves. For its actions on this incident would set the tone for its dealings with the new Chinese leadership over the next decade. In doing so, India must do more, rather than less, in asserting its national interests. While dealing with China it doesn’t pay to be docile or passive.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-26/india/38842671_1_flag-meetings-ladakh-indian-army
Chinese troops have erected tents 19km inside Indian territory: Govt
NEW DELHI: The government on Friday told a parliamentary committee that Chinese troops have pitched tents 19km deep inside the Indian territory in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and that efforts are underway to ensure that the status quo is maintained.

Defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and some other senior officials informed the parliamentary standing committee on defence that India has deployed forces to "keep a close watch on the border", sources told .

Sharma and other officials appeared before the committee after BJP members Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prakash Javadekar wanted to know the actual ground situation in Depsang sector of Ladakh where the Chinese incursion took place in Daulat Beg Oldie area a week ago.

The meeting of the committee was cut short as members were dissatisfied with the insufficient information provided by the officials and they were asked to report back at the next meeting on May 30 with appropriate and exact details of the situation.

The officials told the committee that Indian Army patrols reported on April 16 the presence of Chinese People's Liberation Army in Depsang, pitching tents 19km inside the LAC, the sources said.

They told the panel that as per the established mechanisms, the issue has been taken up at the level of flag meetings and through diplomatic channels to maintain status quo and resolve the issue through existing mechanisms.

The defence ministry officials told the committee that China disputes the international boundary with India and there is no commonly delineated LAC between the two countries.

They said there are a few areas along the border where India and China have differing perceptions of the LAC, the sources said.

Incidents of transgression due to differences in the perception of LAC are taken up with the Chinese side through established mechanisms such as border personnel meetings, flag meetings, hotlines and diplomatic channels, the officials told the panel.

The agenda for today's was welfare of armed forces personnel but the issue related to incursion in Ladakh was added after Naqvi and Javadekar demanded to get the clear picture of the situation and on how the government is handling it.

Naqvi and Javadekar wrote to standing committee chairman Raj Babbar on THursday, saying the situation in Ladakh is "very serious" but the government is not taking it seriously.

http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/12091
Indian Army briefs govt on military options on Chinese intrusion


NEW DELHI: With China sticking to its stand that its troops have not violated the Line of Actual Control, Army has told the Government about various military options that can be exercised to deal with the situation arising out of the intrusion in Ladakh.

The Army has given its inputs on the incursion by Chinese troops to the National Security Advisor-headed China Study Group which includes the Secretaries of the Ministries of Defence, Home and External Affairs, government sources said here.

The inputs given by the force are also about various options including using military aggressively in the situation, they said.

All the options suggested to the China Study Group are being looked at carefully and other stakeholders in the situation have also given their inputs, they said.

The China Study Group is handling the whole issue in consultation with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Defence Ministry.

The Army had rushed its troops from the 5 Ladakh Scouts battalion to the DBO area and they are camping there. The force is also considering the option of dispatching additional troops if the need arises.

On April 15, a platoon-strength contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had come 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in the DBO sector on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing today that “the Chinese border troops have been acting in strict compliance with the bilateral agreements and conducting normal patrol on the Chinese side of the LAC.

“They have never crossed the line by a step,” she said.

http://netindian.in/news/2013/04/27/00024129/president-confers-gallantry-distinguished-service-awards-armed-forces-perso
President confers gallantry, distinguished service awards on Armed Forces personnel
President Pranab Mukherjee conferrd one Kirti Chakra and 12 Shaurya Chakras on Armed Forces personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Two of the Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously.
Mr Mukherjee, who is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, also conferred ten Param Vishisht Seva Medals, one Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, four Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and twenty seven Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

The following is the list of awardees in order of presentation:
PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL
1.   IC-30016A LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL CHANDRA CHAIT, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL  ARMOURED CORPS / HEADQUARTERS CENTRAL COMMAND
2.  VICE ADMIRAL SATISH SONI, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, NAO SENA MEDAL, (01683-Z)
3.   AIR MARSHAL ARUP RAHA, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VAYU SENA MEDAL (13910) FLYING (PILOT)
4.   IC-30516X LIEUTENANT GENERAL KULDIP SINGH, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, ARMY AIR DEFENCE
5.   IC-30687K LIEUTENANT GENERAL SANJIV LANGER, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, ARMOURED CORPS
6.   IC-27994W LIEUTENANT GENERAL PALVINDER SINGH BHALLA, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, ARMOURED CORPS/ HEADQUARTERS NATIONAL CADET CORPS
7.   IC-30722F LIEUTENANT GENERAL VIJAI SHARMA, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, CORPS OF ENGNIEERS
8.   IC-25839W LIEUTENANT GENERAL BALJEET SINGH, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY (RETIRED)
9.   IC-27265N LIEUTENANT GENERAL BALAKRISHNAN VENUGOPAL NAIR, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / DEFENCE SERVICES STAFF COLLEGE, WELLINGTON (RETIRED)
10. AIR MARSHAL ANIL CHOPRA, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VAYU SENA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (13368) FLYING (PILOT) (RETIRED)
KIRTI CHAKRA
11.  IC-67270F MAJOR ANUP JOSEPH MANJALI, BIHAR REGIMENT / 24TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
UTTAM YUDDH SEVA MEDAL
12.  IC-31052X LIEUTENANT GENERAL SHAKTI GURUNG, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL   INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 4TH CORPS
BAR TO ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL
13. IC-30708P LIEUTENANT GENERAL ASHOK KUMAR CHOUDHARY,
ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, SENA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS BENGAL AREA
14. IC-27325X LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAJESH KOCHHAR, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, SENA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, CORPS OF ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
15. IC-27967M LIEUTENANT GENERAL SURINDER PAL SINGH, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY (RETIRED)
16. VICE ADMIRAL PRADEEP CHAUHAN, ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (01610-H)
ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL
17.  IC-30462F LIEUTENANT GENERAL AMARJEET SINGH CHABBEWAL, YUDDH SEVA MEDAL, ARMOURED CORPS / HEADQUARTERS 2ND CORPS
18.  IC-30702N LIEUTENANT GENERAL PHILIP CAMPOSE, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, MECHANISED INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 12TH CORPS
19.  IC-31341M LIEUTENANT GENERAL SANJEEV ANAND, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, MECHANISED INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 10TH CORPS
20.  IC-31521P LIEUTENANT GENERAL SURENDRA HARI KULKARNI, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL AND BAR, ARMOURED CORPS / HEADQUARTERS 21ST CORPS
21.  IC-31505X LIEUTENANT GENERAL SUBROTO MITRA, SENA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS ATNK & K AREA
22.  MR-04125P LIEUTENANT GENERAL SURENDRA SINGH PANWAR, SENA MEDAL, ARMY MEDICAL CORPS / COMMAND HOSPITAL HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN COMMAND
23.  IC-27269K LIEUTENANT GENERAL SISIR SUBHRA SENGUPTA, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, CORPS OF ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
24.  AIR MARSHAL HERIKUDRU BABU RAJARAM, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (14939) ADMINISTRATION/ AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
25.  IC-34350Y MAJOR GENERAL (NOW LT GEN) KAMAL JIT SINGH, ARMOURED CORPS
26.  IC-34385P MAJOR GENERAL ANIL KUMAR AHUJA, SENA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL AND BAR, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY
27.  IC-34396F MAJOR GENERAL RAVINDRAN NARAYAN NAIR, SENA MEDAL, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 21ST MOUNTAIN DIVISION
28.  IC-34829N MAJOR GENERAL SANJIV TALWAR, CORPS OF ENGINEERS
29.  IC-37022W MAJOR GENERAL SANJAY KULKARNI,  SHAURYA CHAKRA, SENA MEDAL, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS 56TH INFANTRY DIVISION
30.  IC-35173W MAJOR GENERAL RAYMOND JOSEPH NORONHA, SENA MEDAL, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS, 8TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION
31.  IC-35626W MAJOR GENERAL UMESH KUMAR GURUNG, YUDH SEVA MEDAL, INFANTRY / HEADQUARTERS INSPECTOR GENERAL ASSAM RIFLES (SOUTH)
32.  IC-30817F MAJOR GENERAL AJAY KUMAR CHATURVEDI, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL, CORPS OF ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
33.  REAR ADMIRAL ABHAY RAGHUNATH KARVE (02118-N)                    
34.  REAR ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH (02151-N)
35.  AIR VICE MARSHAL (NOW AIR MARSHAL) BIPIN BIHARI PRASAD SINHA (15748) ADMINISTRATION
36.  AIR VICE MARSHAL DATTATRAY KESHAO PANDE, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (15081), AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (ELECTRONICS)
37.  AIR VICE MARSHAL RAKESH KUMAR SINGH BHADAURIA, VAYU SENA MEDAL (16026) FLYING (PILOT)
38.  AIR VICE MARSHAL SARDAR HARPAL SINGH, VAYU SENA MEDAL (16071) FLYING (PILOT)
39.  AIR COMMODORE MANAVENDRA SINGH, VrC, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (16983) FLYING (PILOT)
40.  AIR COMMODORE ASHWANI KUMAR NABH, VAYU SENA MEDAL (16608) FLYING (PILOT)
41.  AIR COMMODORE RAJENDRA NALSINGHRAO GAEKWAD, VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (17845) FLYING (PILOT)
42.  AIR COMMODORE RADHAKRISHNAN RADHISH, VAYU SENA MEDAL (17853) FLYING (PILOT)
43.  JC-520361A SUBEDAR MAJOR VIJAY KUMAR, SENA MEDAL, DOGRA REGIMENT / INFANTRY SCHOOL, MHOW
SHAURYA CHAKRA
44.  IC-56887X LIEUTENANT COLONEL DHRUVJYOTI CHANDA, 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
45.  IC-72377A LIEUTENANT (NOW CAPTAIN) SATYA JEET AHLAWAT, ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS/ 9TH BATTALION THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY
46.  SS-40921H MAJOR PRADEEP MISHRA, JAT REGIMENT / 5TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
47.  IC-60369P MAJOR HIMANSHU PANWAR, 26TH MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY BATTALION
48.  IC-65554M MAJOR SANDEEP KUMAR, 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
49.  15126119H HAVILDAR CHARANJIT SINGH, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ 30TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
50.   IC-58687A MAJOR (NOW LIEUTENANT COLONEL) AMIT MOHINDRA, 666 ARMY AVIATION SQUADRON (RECONNAISSANCE AND OBSERVATION
51.   13698975M NAIK KRISHAN KUMAR, BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/ 13TH SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY BATTALION GROUP (POSTHUMOUS)
52.   JC-559638M SUBEDAR PRADEEP BECK, BIHAR REGIMENT / 24TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
53.   IC-68806Y CAPTAIN A RAHUL RAMESH, CORPS OF ENGINEERS / 72ND ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (POSTHUMOUS)
54.   LIEUTENANT COMMANDER INDERJEET SINGH (05871-T)
55.   IC-74882F LIEUTENANT (NOW CAPTAIN) MANISH SINGH, 9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

http://newindianexpress.com/nation/Finallycentre-takes-diplomatic-route-to-resolve-Chinese-incursion-issue/2013/04/27/article1563383.ece

Finally,centre takes diplomatic route to resolve Chinese incursion issue

By N C Bipindra | ENS - NEW DELHI

27th April 2013 10:14 AM

With the two flag meetings with Chinese commanders failing to resolve the stand-off with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troopers in Ladakh, the Centre has turned to pro-active diplomatic efforts to settle the issue.

As part of it, New Delhi has asked the China Study Group (CSG), comprising secretaries of Defence, Home and External Affairs Ministries apart from the Army vice chief, to carry on with serious diplomatic efforts through the foreign office. It has also directed the Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) not to talk much on the matter, government sources said here on Friday.

The Indian Army has given at least five options to the CSG to exercise, to resolve the row with the Chinese in an amicable manner. Over 30 PLA troopers had ventured into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Debsang bulge near Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and pitched tents there on April 15. Since then, they have refused to move out of the area, forcing the ITBP and Army’s Ladakh Scouts men to respond by pitching a tent of their own around 200 metres away.  Even as this ‘face-to-face’ posturing continued, New Delhi held two flag meetings with the PLA at the level of Brigadiers on April 18 and 23, but they did not yield any favourable result. The Chinese side had at the meetings demanded Indian Army to dismantle some of its bunkers and infrastructure along the LAC.

Government sources told Express that there was no effort to ask for a third flag meeting and ruled out the possibility of such a meeting in the near future, as diplomatic efforts were now on between New Delhi and Beijing, to revert back to the pre-April 15 positions on either side of the LAC.

Defence Minister A K Antony, who was briefed on the situation by Army chief General Bikram Singh on Thursday, told reporters outside Parliament on Friday that negotiations and consultations were in progress at various levels to find a peaceful solution to the row. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had only a day earlier asserted in Kazakhstan’s  Almaty that India was ‘not a pushover’ and that the PLA’s latest transgression into Ladakh would be resolved before he visits Beijing on May 9.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma on Friday presented a written note on the crisis to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence that met here to consider the ministry’s demands for grants. The meeting did not discuss the Debsang bulge situation, as demanded by the BJP members Prakash Javadekar and Muktar Abbas Naqvi through a letter to the committee chairman and Congress Lok Sabha MP Raj Babbar, with the MoD officials saying they were not yet ready. “The issue will be discussed in detail in the meeting next month,” they informed


http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/0235d933e262c468ba0f70ddec267f16/parliamentary-panel-briefed-on-chinese-incursion-mulayam-says-government-scared
Parliamentary panel briefed on Chinese incursion, Mulayam says government scared


New Delhi/Lucknow, April 26 — A parliamentary panel was Friday told that India and China were trying to resolve through existing mechanisms the row arising over incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh area, even as Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the government of showing weakness on the issue.

Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and senior defence ministry officials appeared before a parliamentary committee to give details of the incursion.

They told the panel that Chinese troops had intruded 19 km deep inside Indian territory in Depsang in Ladakh region and pitched tents. They also said that efforts are underway to ensure that the status quo is maintained, informed sources said.

Bharatiya Janata Party members Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prakash Javadekar had demanded that members be informed of the ground situation.

Members were reported to be dissatisfied with the information provided and the officials were asked to report back at the next meeting on May 30 with requisite data and details of the situation.

Indian Army patrols had reported the presence of Chinese People's Liberation Army troops in Depsang on April 16.

They told the panel that differences in the perception of the LAC are taken up with the Chinese side through established mechanisms like flag meetings, hotlines and diplomatic channels,

Mulayam Singh, addressing an event at the party office in Lucknow, said the government should chase the Chinese troops away. "They (Chinese troops) have entered 10-20 km inside our territory... instead of talking to China, which is a betrayer, the intruders should be chased away," he said.

"The country is in crisis. There is unemployment, price rise and corruption. And now, danger is looming large at the borders. Why is the government afraid? India is China's target. I have been warning for the past eight years. What were our intelligence agencies and foreign minister doing?" he said.

"The government does not have the courage to force China back. Now I have heard some minister is going for talks with folded hands to request China to leave Indian teritory... . The Indian Army is not weak. I cannot understand why the Indian government is hesitant to act," he said.

Mulayam Singh said he has been invited by the central government to discuss the incursion issue.

The Chinese government said Friday it believed both countries had the "capacity and wisdom" to defuse the row.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters both countries had maintained "close communication" over issues regarding the boundary, adding that China believed problems could be solved through "friendly consultation.

Hua said "I want stress once again two countries maintained close communication on border issues and both countries had the willingness to properly resolve the relevant issue through dialogue and negotiation."

"We also believe that the two countries had the capacity and wisdom to solve the issue through friendly consultation so as to maintain peace and stability in the border areas," she said.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who is to visit Beijing May 9, said Thursday that both countries have a working mechanism to deal with such issues and expressed confidence that New Delhi and Beijing would be able to resolve the row.

Indian and Chinese military commanders had Tuesday held a second flag meeting to resolve the stand-off.

India has asked China to maintain the status quo that existed before the intrusion.

Khurshid's trip comes ahead Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India in the third week of May.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony had been briefed by Indian Army chief Gen. Bikram Singh about the situation.



http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2013/Apr/27/negotiations-on-to-resolve-issue-antony-92.asp
Negotiations on to resolve issue: Antony
New Delhi, Apr 26: Defence Minister A K Antony Friday said negotiations and consultations are on at various levels to find a peaceful solution to the Chinese incursion issue in Ladakh.
His comments came a day after External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid asserted in Almaty in Kazhakistan that India was “not a pushover” and that the issue of Chinese incursion in Ladakh would be resolved before he visits Beijing on May 9.
“Negotiations and consultations are going on at various levels to find out a peaceful solution to Chinese incursion issue,” Antony told reporters outside Parliament House.
The Defence Minister was yesterday briefed by Army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the Ladakh area with military commanders in the Northern Command.
The Army has given its inputs to the Government and the National Security Advisor-headed China Study Group, which is handling the present situation in Ladakh.
The Army has also given various options to the Government on the issue including the aggressive use of military to handle the present situation.
All the options suggested to the China Study Group are being looked at carefully and other stakeholders in the situation have also given their inputs.
The Army had rushed its troops from the 5 Ladakh Scouts battalion to the DBO area and they are camping there. The force is also considering the option of dispatching additional troops if the need arises.

IAF RESUMES SUPPLIES TO DBO AREA
Meanwhile, after having briefly halted its operations in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) area in Ladakh after the incursion by Chinese troops, IAF has resumed its operations to supply rations to the Indian Army units deployed there.
The Indian Air Force had briefly halted its operations in the area after the incursion took place on April 15 but it has now started dropping supplies for the troops in that area using its helicopters, government sources told PTI here.
The Army depot for gathering and distributing supplies to the units deployed in the DBO area is at a short distance from the place where Indian and Chinese troops face each other, they said.
IAF uses its Mi-17-V5 choppers to keep the supply lines open for the ground troops based there.
About four years ago, IAF had reactivated the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at DBO by landing an An-32 transport aircraft there.
The force has operated all its major transport aircraft including the latest C-130J Super Hercules planes at ALG.
Meanwhile, to find ways of resolving the incursion issue, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh today met National Security Adviser (NSA) Shivshankar Menon to brief him about the various military options before the government.
The Army has already given several options to the government including that of using force for resolving the situation.
Several meetings of the China Study Group headed by Menon and other forums have taken place following the incursion.

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