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Defence Minister’s Statement in Parliament on LAC Conflict: All You Need to Know

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a detailed statement on the Indo-China stand-off at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Here are the key points of his statement to the Parliament on the matter.

  • China is not honouring the customary alignment of the boundary with India. The alignment has not only been defined by treaties, but has been maintained historically. However, China believes that the border is not defined.
  • Any serious situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is bound to impact bilateral ties.
  • In past too, we’ve had situations of prolonged stand-offs in border areas with China which were resolved peacefully. Even though situation this year is very different both in terms of scale of troops involved & number of friction points, we remain committed to peaceful resolution.
  • The Chinese side created a violent face-off on June 15th at Galwan. Our brave soldiers laid down their lives and also inflicted costs including casualties on the Chinese side.
  • Violence caused by the Chinese troops is a violation of all past agreements. There are many friction points in eastern Ladakh, Gogra, Kongka La and Pangong Lake’s north and south banks. Indian Army has made counter deployments in these areas.
  • In the meeting with the Chinese Defence Minister, I clearly stated that while our troops had always taken a responsible approach towards border management, we remain determined to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • Troops are suitably provisioned with adequate clothing, habitat and required defence wherewithal. They are capable of serving at forbidding altitudes with scarce oxygen and in extremely cold temperatures, as they’ve done over last many years on Siachen and Kargil.
  • The morale of the army is high. Prime Minister’s Ladakh visit has sent a message of solidarity and boosted the morale of armed forces.
  • 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.