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Army flies UAVs over Ladakh; visits on track

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Beijing/New Delhi, April 26, 2013
First Published: 01:06 IST(26/4/2013) | Last Updated: 10:13 IST(26/4/2013)

Military sources said India is flying UAVs over Ladakh where it claims China has crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) even as external affairs minister confirmed his visit to the country on May 9.

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China on Thursday said it did not provoke any confrontation along the LAC, reiterating that its troops have always acted in compliance with treaties.
Khurshid said he would go to Beijing ahead of Chinese premier Li Keqiang’s visit to India on May 20. The minister also expressed confidence about a peaceful resolution to the stand-off.

Hopes for an early breakthrough have arisen with Beijing confirming the visit of a high-level team.

The advance security liaison team is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on April 30 to work out the logistics of Li’s visit.  Top government sources said there appears to be growing realisation in Beijing that a long face-off with India,  its seventh largest trading partner, could be counterproductive.

Army chief Bikram Singh, updated defence minister AK Antony on Thursday on the developments.


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