India-China Border News Updates: Weeks after the Galwan clashes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Leh on Friday.

PM Modi visits Leh to take stock of India-China border situation

Weeks after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with Chinese soldiers at Galwan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday arrived in Leh, Ladakh to review the ongoing border conflict. This is the first high profile visit from the executive leadership to the region ever since the border standoff erupted in early May.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane, arrived at Nimu this morning and interacted with Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel. Read in Bangla and Malayalam here.

He is scheduled to meet the soldiers who were injured in the clashes, as well as the local military leadership, including Lt. General Harinder Singh, XIV Corps Commander.

PM Modi is scheduled to meet the injured soldiers as well as the local military leadership, including Lt. General Harinder Singh, XIV Corps Commander among other senior officers.

Nimu, a forward location, is at a height of 11,000 feet and among the tough terrains. It lies on the banks of the river Indus and is surrounded by the Zanskar range.

While paying tributes to the soldiers during his Mann ki Baat address last Sunday, Modi had said: “Those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. India honours the spirit of friendship… she is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary, without shying away. Our brave soldiers have proven that they will not let anyone cast an evil eye on the glory and honour of Mother India.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was initially scheduled to visit Ladakh today along with the Army Chief, but his visit was deferred on Thursday.

Friday marks Naravane’s third visit to Ladakh since the standoff began in May. He visited the XIV Corps headquarters in Leh on his first visit, while on his second, he met the injured soldiers and visited forward areas.

Lt. General Harinder Singh, on the other hand, has met his Chinese counterpart for three high-level military discussions so far, the last being on Tuesday. The discussions have been inconclusive, suggesting that more military and diplomatic meetings will be required to end the stalemate.