Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Chinese actions and actual activity along the border belie all the assurance they give during various bilateral meetings. This shows a disregard for India by them.
Rajnath Singh said peace and tranquility in the border areas are crucial for the further development of bilateral relations.
“As we want to resolve the current situation through dialogue, we have maintained diplomatic and military engagement with the Chinese side. The Chinese side took the position that the situation should be handled responsibly and ensures peace and tranquility as per bilateral agreements and protocol. However, it is apparent from Chinese activities that their words don’t match their actions,” the defense minister said.
He said that China always engages in provocative military activities even when peace processes are underway. The Chinese troops did that on the night of August 29 and 30 in an attempt to change the status quo in the South Bank area of Pangong Lake. However, timely and stern actions by our armed forces along the LAC prevented those attempts.
The defense minister said that China continued to be in an illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq km in the Union Territory of Ladakh. Apart, under the so-called Sino-Pakistan ‘Boundary Agreement’ of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian Territory in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to China, he said.
He emphasized on the establishment of peace and harmony between both the countries. “To ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas, especially along the LAC, the two countries have concluded several agreements and protocols,” he said.