China illegally occupies 38,000 sq km of India’s territory in Ladakh: Rajnath Singh

China illegally occupies 38,000 sq km of India’s territory in Ladakh: Rajnath Singh

China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 square kilometres of India’s territory in Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

“China continues to be in illegal occupation of approx 38,000 sq km in the Union Territory of Ladakh. In addition, under the so-called Sino-Pakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian territory in PoK to China,” Defence Minister said on the floor of the Rajya Sabha.

The Defence Minister is making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday on the border row with China in eastern Ladakh, two days after he told Lok Sabha that China has been conveyed that any attempt to "unilaterally" change the status quo along the LAC is not at all acceptable.

Following a meeting of floor leaders of the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, it was decided that opposition leaders will speak and Rajnath Singh may give a clarification if required and if the Chair permits.

The meeting was attended by Rajnath Singh along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Leader of the House Thawwarchand Gehlot.

"Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement at 12 noon on standoff at LAC. Thereafter, opposition leaders will speak on the issue. If required thereafter, the minister may give clarification," a source had said.