By The SATimes News Service
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) announced.
The talks between the two foreign ministers are taking place against the backdrop of a massive spike in border tensions in eastern Ladakh triggered by fresh face-offs between the armies of India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after India carried out preemptive actions to occupy heights near the Southern bank of Pangong Tso lake around August end.
The Indian Army on Tuesday said Chinese troops attempted to close in on an Indian position near the heights along Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh the previous evening and fired shots in the air, a first such instance of bullets being used along the LAC after a gap of 45 years. The Army said this in a statement after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) late on Monday night alleged that Indian troops crossed the LAC and “outrageously fired” warning shots near the Pangong lake.
“This issue will be discussed,” MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said when asked at a media briefing whether the four-month-long border faceoff will be raised by Jaishankar at the talks.