The meeting between Rajnath Singh and the former defence ministers is viewed as an outreach initiative of the government ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament on July 19.
Sources in the security establishment said that “the Chinese have been creating permanent structures, including those required for defences and habitation of the troops”.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said that Beijing not observing agreements has led to the disturbance of the foundation of India-China ties.
India and China were locked in a military standoff at multiple friction points in eastern Ladakh since early May last year.
About the resolution of the prolonged standoff, Gen Rawat said both sides are engaged in negotiations political, diplomatic and military levels to resolve the row.
No de-escalation without complete disengagement at all friction points: Army Chief Gen Naravane on Ladakh standoff with China
Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said India is dealing with China in a 'firm' and 'non-escalatory' manner to ensure the sanctity of its claims in eastern Ladakh.
Gen Rawat's assertion that China tried to change status quo in eastern Ladakh inconsistent with facts: Chinese Military
Snr.Col. Wu responded at a press conference of the Ministry of National Defence on April 29 that the relevant remarks by the Indian side are completely inconsistent with the facts, the report said.
Gen Naravane also mentioned about the 11th round of Corps commander-level talks between the armies of India and China, and hoped to 'settle other border' issues through further negotiations.
Citing media reports that China has refused to pull back its troops from Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang, Congress senior spokesperson Ajay Maken asked the government to come clean on the issue.
Deputy Chief of the Russian mission Roman Babushkin said Russia encourages both sides to take opportunities in advancing their ties at common multilateral platforms.
China on Thursday said that India’s proposal of restoring status quo ante of April 2020 in Eastern Ladakh may come up for discussion when the representatives of the two countries meet.
Muraleedharan said the Chinese side, since April/May last year, undertook several attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo along the LAC in the region.
The Quad, comprising India, Australia, Japan and the US, has been perceived to be a grouping form to keep in check China’s aggressiveness and actions in the Indo-Pacific region
He said China is committed to settling the boundary dispute through dialogue and consultation.
The statement comes days after the armies of the two countries concluded withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of the Pangong lake.