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India Committed To Resolving Border Issue With China Peacefully But Prepared For All Contingencies : Rajnath Singh
NEW DELHI || The union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday today said that India was committed to resolving the current border issue with China through a fair and peaceful manner and at the same time the country is also prepared to deal with all contingencies.
He said, China is trying to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control which is unacceptable to India at any condition. Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on the development on border in Ladakh region, Singh said, the current situation is very different both in terms of scale of troops involved and number of friction points.
He said, conduct of Indian forces throughout the standoff shows that while they maintained patience in face of provocative actions, they also equally displayed valour when required to protect territorial integrity of the country.
He added that Chinese actions reflect a disregard to various bilateral agreements and amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 and 1996 agreements and said that China, in the last many decades undertook significant infrastructure construction activity to enhance their deployment capabilities in the border areas and added that Indian government has doubled the budget for border infrastructure development.
He said, China continues to be in illegal occupation of around 38,000 square kilometres in Ladakh and Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 square kilometres of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to China.