Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Leh on Friday for a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, said that the talks between India and China are underway to resolve to the ongoing standoff along the Line of Actual (LAC).
The Defence Minister, however, noted that he “cannot guarantee” to what extent the border dispute between India and China can be resolved.
“Talks are underway to resolve the border dispute but to what extent it can be resolved I cannot guarantee. I can assure you, not one inch of our land can be taken by any power in the world. If solution can be found by talks, there is nothing better,” quoted Rajnath Singh as saying.
“Recently what happened between troops of India and China at PP14, how some of our personnel sacrificed their lives protecting our border. I am happy to meet you all but also saddened because of their loss. I pay my tributes to them,” he further said.
The remarks from Rajnath Singh comes just days after India and China began a mutual disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh to maintain peace and tranquility in the region following a series of diplomatic and military talks.
Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh, along with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane, on Friday arrived in Leh for a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir to assess the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Line of Control (LOC).
“Leaving for Leh on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. I shall be visiting the forward areas to review the situation at the borders and also interact with the Armed Forces personnel deployed in the region. Looking forward to it,” said Rajnath Singh on Friday before leaving for Leh.
Rajnath’s visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir comes at a time when China has continuously tried to intrude into Indian territory in Ladakh region while Pakistan continues to violates ceasefire from across the LoC to infiltrate terrorists in the Valley.