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Army commanders meet in Delhi to discuss India-China tensions, ‘escalatory trends’ at LAC

New Delhi: As the commander of the Indian Army’s 14 Corps meets his Chinese counterpart at Moldo across the Line of Actual Control, the top leadership of the Army has convened in New Delhi for the Army Commanders’ Conference, where the main point of discussion will be the India-China tensions, which have worsened since the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley a week ago.

Top Army sources told ThePrint that only operational matters and human resource issues will be discussed on Day One of the two-day conference Monday, as will the proposed recruitment model ‘Tour of Duty’, under which civilians are to be allowed to voluntarily serve in the Army for three years.

The conference is attended by top Army officials to brainstorm on new security and administrative issues, and plan roadmaps. It was set to take place in April but was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the consequent nationwide lockdown. Its first phase was held between 27 and 29 May.

Army sources said the deliberations will touch upon the current situation in Eastern Ladakh, the “escalatory trends” at the border, the Army’s future course of action along the LAC, its current deficiencies, and the means to overcome them.

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