India and China are holding flag meetings to address the issue of incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh, even as defence minister AK Antony on Monday asserted that New Delhi would take necessary steps to protect its territorial interests.
“We are taking every action to protect our interests,” Antony told reporters.
“We are still in touch and flag meetings are going on. There is more information to come. We will factor all that and then take a final view,” Khurshid said outside Parliament.
“We are addressing this issue in an appropriate manner. We just do not want any departure from proportionality. I do not think we should allow this to get beyond the immediate area and we should retain at that level and not allow it to escape that level,” the foreign minister said.
The issue was raised by India after the incursion incident came to light some time ago. A platoon-strength contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there.