On Saturday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, while underlining that India and China have different "perceptions of the LAC", told TV news channels that the situation is "different this time" from earlier patrol clashes.
On India-Australia bilateral ties, the envoy said a mutual logistics support agreement for deeper defence cooperation as well as a number of other agreements are expected to be finalised at the online summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Thursday. "China moved troops to occupy areas where not only Indian and Chinese claim lines overlapped but also where there was no dispute".
"Negotiations are ongoing between the two countries at the military and diplomatic levels", he said.
For the last three weeks, Indian and Chinese soldiers have bene reinforcing their numbers in at least three areas in eastern Ladakh, as part of a confrontation which began with a physical scuffle in Pangong Tso on May 5.
The meeting discussed various aspects on India's response to the provocation by China at the border.
Both the countries are engaged in talks to resolve this issue.
"Obviously, the Chinese aim is to pressurise India", said D.S. Hooda, a retired general in India's army. We have faced similar situations in the past and will face this one too with strength, the officer also said.
Both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.
India has been locked in a standoff at the border with China for over 25 days with the situation still precarious.
The two countries had witnessed this sort of exchange in June 2017, when the Indian Army stepped in to the Doklam plateau, in Bhutan, to stop a large construction party of the PLA that was attempting to build a road in the area.
China is also working with Pakistan to leverage the crisis. "They are going on occupying land", he said. "It has happened before", Singh said while insisting that India was striving to make sure "tension does not escalate".
Rajnath Singh's tone was clearly defensive and he deflected a question the question related to advancement and settlement of Chinese troops in Ladakh region. "Differences are being addressed through interaction between military commanders, guided by the established protocols on management of borders between the two countries", it said. Since then, the Indian government has also ignored several incursions into Arunachal Pradesh, according to a parliamentarian and local politicians.
"All of this is happening in the area where they fought in the '62 war", she said.
The two sides have blamed each other but analysts say India's building of new roads in the region may have been the fuse for the dispute.