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Modi in Ladakh Live: Expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back, says PM in Leh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Leh in Ladakh with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Ladakh. In Ladakh he was briefed by senior officials of Indian Army at a forward position in Nimu, in Ladakh, ANI reported. PM Modi reached early in the morning at one the forward locations in Nimu, Ladakh. He interacting with Indian Army personnel, personnel of Indian Air Force and ITBP. ANI reported that Nimu area is located at an altitude if 11,000 feet. Situated on the banks of the Indus river, it is among one of the toughed terrains in Ladakh and is surrounded by Zanskar mountain range. PM Modi addressed soldiers in Ladakh and said that the age of expansionism is now over. He paid tribute to Galwan martyrs and praised the bravery on Indian Army. Reacting to PM Modi’s Ladakh visit, Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said that no party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at this point, ANI reported. ” India and China are in communication and negotiations on lowering the temperatures through military and diplomatic channels,” Lijian added.

Earlier there were reports that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will go to Leh with CDS but his visit was rescheduled yesterday evening. Ladakh has been in news for heightened tension between India and China. The Indian Army and Chinese PLA are in eye-ball-to-eye-ball situation at LAC. The situation turned deadly after violent clashes in Galwan valley on 15-16 June which led to the martyrdom of 20 Indian Army soldiers and casualties on Chinese side were also reported.

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