Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accused China of failing to respect bilateral pacts, saying that there is a mismatch between what Beijing says and does.
Speaking on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Rajnath Singh said the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector in May at a time when military talks were on. Parliament Live Updates
“Even as this situation was being addressed by the Ground Commanders as per the provisions of our bilateral agreements and protocol, in mid-May the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector,” Rajnath Singh said as apprised the Upper House on the border row with China.”But yet again, timely and firm actions by our armed forces along the LAC prevented such attempts from succeeding,” he said, adding that, “Unki kathani aur karni alag hai (their actions are at variance with their words”.
Saying that Chinese actions reflect a disregard of bilateral agreements, Rajnath Singh said, “The amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 & 1996 Agreements. Respecting and strictly observing Line of Actual Control is the basis for peace and tranquility in the border areas.”“China, in last many decades undertook significant infrastructure construction activity to enhance their deployment capabilities in the border areas. Our government 0too has stepped up the budget for border infrastructure development to about double the previous levels,” Rajnath Singh reiterated in Rajya Sabha.
Making a statement on the situation in eastern Ladakh in Rajya Sabha, Rajnath Singh said India wants a peaceful solution to the boundary issue, but will not shy away from any action required to defend the sovereignty of the country. While our armed forces abide scrupulously by it, this has not been reciprocated by the Chinese side, the Defence Minister said.
STATEMENT IN LOK SABHA
Rajnath Singh already made a statement in the Lok Saba on Tuesday, saying Beijing has been very clearly conveyed that any attempt to “unilaterally” change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control is not at all acceptable, and that India’s armed forces are ready to deal with “all contingencies” in the high-altitude region.
Rajnath Singh said there should be no doubt about the country’s determination to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and asserted that India’s armed forces are ready to deal with “all contingencies” in the high-altitude region.
Referring to the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15, the defence minister said Indian soldiers “inflicted costs including casualties on the Chinese side”, adding the House should have “full confidence” that the armed forces will always rise to the challenge and make the country proud.
He said even though the situation this year is very different, both in terms of scale of troops involved and the number of friction points, India remains 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,” the defence minister said.