Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that India will not give even an inch of its land to China and expressed hope that all pending issues related to the ongoing border standoff in eastern Ladakh will be resolved through talks between the two countries. The Defense Minister also said that India will give a befitting reply to anyone who threatens its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, as India is no longer a ‘weak’ country.
Referring to the opposition’s criticism of the government over the standoff in eastern Ladakh, he said political opponents keep raising some questions without fully knowing the facts. Rajnath Singh said during the program of a news channel, ‘I do not want to go into what happened during the Sino-India war of 1962. But I want to assure as the Defense Minister of the country that when we are in government, not an inch of land can go into the possession of China.
Do not compromise on the prestige of the country at any cost
He said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will not compromise on the pride and prestige of the country at any cost. The Defense Minister also said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict has shown that if a war occurs in any part of the world, it will have to be fought by the countries involved and no third country will be easily involved. The border standoff in eastern Ladakh began in early May 2020 following a violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Pangong area.
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There have been many rounds of talks between India and China
As a result of several rounds of military talks, the two sides last year completed the withdrawal of troops on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake and the Gogra area, although the standoff continues over some points of tension. The Defense Minister said that the tension between the troops of the two sides is largely due to China’s perception about the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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On the ceasefire with Pakistan along the Line of Control, Singh said it has been in force for over a year. Referring to India’s stature, Rajnath Singh said, “Earlier Pakistan used to violate ceasefire after agreeing to it.” But at present, it has been more than a year since the ceasefire came into force, but Pakistan has not been able to muster the courage to violate it. It’s working.’