Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his Chinese counterpart in Moscow amid Ladakh tensions

Amid the ongoing border tensions between India and China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart General Fenghe on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Moscow on Friday night.

Singh is on a three-day visit to Russia to attend the combined meeting of Defence Ministers of SCO. According to sources, China requested for the meet on Thursday.

India has urged China to sincerely engage with it to restore peace and tranquillity in border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation.

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Meanwhile, India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla said that the situation between India and China “unprecedented” and it cannot be “business as usual”. “We have lost lives for the first time in 40 years but we are resolute and firm in protecting our territorial integrity,” he added.

Both India and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO, an eight-nation regional grouping that primarily focuses on security and defence issues.

At least two rounds of Brigade-Commander level talks have taken place ever since China tried to unilaterally change the status quo.

(With ANI inputs)

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