Antony, defence chiefs meet on security measures along border

"The Defence Minister reviewed the security situation in the meeting with the chiefs of Army, Air Force and the Navy and the defence secretary in South Block," Ministry sources said here.

The meeting reviewed the preparedness of armed forces after reports emerged about Chinese military posturing along Indian borders and presence of more than 11,000 Chinese troops in Gilgit and Baltistan-- Indian areas under Pakistani occupation, they added.

It is also said to have discussed military ties with China, which received a big blow when Beijing refused to allow an Indian defence delegation led by Northern Army commander Lieutenant General B S Jaswal to visit there.

The Defence Minister is also said to have discussed the plans to strengthen defence preparedness along the Chinese border with the military leadership.

In the recent past, India has taken several steps to increase its military presence along the borders with China.

Some of the steps taken by the government include deployment of two squadrons of air superiority Su-30 MKI fighters in Tezpur and Chhabua air bases in Assam, raising of two additional Mountain divisions of the Army there and upgradation of old military strips in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Army is also planning to procure and deploy light tanks in mountainous frontiers and more than 70 strategic roads are also being constructed for swift movement for troops along the borders with China.

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