Stern warning for China in Rajnath Singh's Parliament address

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Rajnath Singh in Parliament
Rajnath Singh in Parliament

New Delhi : India is very much concerned about its sovereignty and the nation is prepared for "all contingencies" to ensure it is maintained, said Union Minister Rajnath Singh in his address to the Parliament on Tuesday.

Talking about a meeting with his Chinese counterpart along the SCO, he claimed that India wants to resolve this issue in a peaceful manner and "want the Chinese side to work with us". But "there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

The same stance was taken by foreign minister S Jaishankar when he met his counterpart in Russia.

"We do remain committed to the peaceful resolution of the current situation. At the same time, the House can be assured that we remain prepared to deal with all contingencies," he said.

During his address, Rajnath Singh mentioned that the border issue with China remains unresolved as the neighbouring nation "does not recognise the current boundary".

There is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control in the border areas and no common perception of the entire LAC. The difference in perception has led to the face-off at the Line of Actual Control, he said.

The face-off with China had rapidly escalated and on June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the line of duty -- a first in more than four decades. Even after that, there have been repeated attempts by the Chinese troops to recapture the heights occupied by the Indian soldiers.