New Delhi/Srinagar: In the backdrop of the Chinese incursion in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir, India and China may hold a second flag meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

A Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army(PLA) 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, according to highly placed sources, who said that a Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

Also, Army Chief General Bikram Singh will arrive on a two-day visit of Jammu and Kashmir, starting from Tuesday. The Army chief will begin his visit on Tuesday in Jammu. General Singh will chair a meeting at 16-Corps headquarter at Nagrota and then fly to forward areas of Rajouri and Akhnoor sectors, where he will be briefed by the field commanders about the security situation and counter infiltration measures.

Several Chinese intrusions have taken place in the past too, across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Defence Minister A K Antony has said that India will take 'every step' to protect its interests to resolve the situation arising out of deep incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh.
China however rejected reports of intrusion by its troops in Ladakh, saying the People's
Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers patrolled the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) without "trespassing" into it.

Earlier on Monday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said in New Delhi that India and China are holding flag meetings to address the issue of incursion.

"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," he told reporters outside Parliament
House.

(JPN/Agencies)

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