Chinese intrusion in Ladakh foiled, won't accept any move to change status quo, Rajnath Singh tells Parliament
The boundary issue with China remains unresolved as China doesn't recognize the traditional alignment of the boundary, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
"India and China border issue remain unresolved. Till now, there has been no mutually acceptable solution. China disagrees on the border," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha during his statement on the India-China border issue.
The Defence Minister added. "China doesn't recognize the traditional and customary alignment of the boundary. We consider that this alignment is based on well established geographical principals."
The Defence Minister told Parliament that transgression attempts by China in eastern Ladakh have been foiled.
Rajnath Singh said India has told China through diplomatic channels that attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements.
"Violent conduct of Chinese troops is a violation of all past agreements. Our troops have done counter deployments in the area to safeguard our borders," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on the India-China border issue.
The Defence Minister said China has mobilized Army battalions and armaments along LAC and added, "I want to assure you that we are ready to deal with any situation."
"I request this house to pass a resolution that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces who are guarding our borders to safeguard India's sovereignty and integrity," Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha.
The address by Rajnath Singh is the Government of India's first official statement over the ongoing standoff along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
Triggered by the People's Liberation Army's attempts to alter the status quo in the region, the standoff turned deadly in June when 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of PLA troops lost their lives as the result of a violent clash.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before entering Parliament House ahead of the Monsoon Session on Monday, had told reporters, "Our brave soldiers are guarding the borders amid adverse weather in the mountains. All MPs are united in supporting our soldiers." "I believe that all members of Parliament will give an unequivocal message that the country stands with our soldiers," the prime minister had said.