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Army chief briefs Cabinet on incursion

 NEW DELHI, May 1 Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh today briefed the Cabinet on the incursion issue in Ladakh, where Chinese troops have put up tents 19 km inside Indian territory, and steps taken by the force to resolve the crisis, reports PTI.

Sources said the meeting also explored various options before the country to address the issue.

Three flag meetings between the two sides have failed to break the deadlock as the Chinese have been demanding dismantling of infrastructure created by the Indian side in Eastern Ladakh including the Daulat Beg Oldi area.

The last meeting was held yesterday at Chushul between Brigadier-level officers from the two sides, the sources said.

In the meeting, India also made its stand clear that there should be an unconditional withdrawal of Chinese troops from the Indian territory as per the agreements signed between the two sides on earlier occasions.

The two earlier meetings on the issue between the two sides had failed to yield any outcome and the Chinese soldiers have even started to increase their presence in the area by erecting new tents and continue to get supplies by trucks from their unit 25 km from the face-off point.

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