Rajnath Singh in Ladakh: 'No power in world can touch even an inch of India's land'
The Defence Minister said that talks are underway to resolve the standoff in eastern Ladakh. "But to what extent it will be resolved I cannot guarantee," he added.
India is not a weak country and no power in the world can touch even an inch of its land, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday as he visited Ladakh in the wake of the border standoff with China. He also said that talks are underway to resolve the dispute in eastern Ladakh, "but to what extent it will be resolved" he cannot guarantee.
Addressing Army and ITBP jawans in Lukung as he carried out a comprehensive review of the security scenario, Singh said: "India is not a weak country. No power in the world can touch even an inch of India's land.
#WATCH - Talks are underway to resolve the border dispute (between India & China) but to what extent it can be resolved, I cannot guarantee: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Lukung, Ladakh pic.twitter.com/U5r7qwRSaG— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2020
"We will not allow the sacrifice of soldiers to go in vain," Singh said at a forward post in Ladakh located on the banks of the Pangong Tso lake. His remark was in an apparent reference to the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel during the Galwan Valley clashes with Chinese troops on June 15.
The Defence Minister arrived in Leh on a daylong visit, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane.
आज सुबह लद्दाख़ पहुँच कर सीमावर्ती इलाक़ों का दौरा किया और लुकुंग चौकी पर जाकर भारतीय सेना के जाँबाज़ जवानों एवं अधिकारियों के दर्शन करते हुए उनसे बातचीत करने का अवसर मिला। pic.twitter.com/LTXKwbfSzX— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 17, 2020
Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for over eight weeks since May 5. The tension escalated manifold after the violent clashes in Galwan Valley.
However, following a series of diplomatic and military talks, the two sides began a mutual disengagement process at most of the friction points on July 6.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump's spokesperson on Thursday said that the Republican leader "loves people of India and China and wants to do everything possible to keep peace for the people of both sides".
“He (Trump) said I love the people of India and I love the people of China and I want to do everything possible to keep the peace for the people,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.