India Wants Peace With China But Is Also Ready For War

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is prepared for any eventuality at the border if peace talks fail with China

Raghav N

September 16, 2020

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As Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday (September 15), he said that India wants peace at the border, but is prepared for any eventuality. Amidst the seemingly unresolvable tensions between India and China, Singh accused the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of creating multiple friction points in Ladakh, including the North and South Banks of the Pangong Lake. He also added that the Xi Jinping government’s numerous attempts to change the status quo at the LAC recently have been foiled by the Indian forces.

The defence minister also had a dialogue with his Chinese counterpart and clarified that while India supports a peaceful disengagement at the border, our commitment lies in protecting the country’s sovereignty.

The Indian army is preparing for the long haul in the inhospitable terrains where temperatures fall to minus 40 degrees in the winters. The Indian Air Force is playing a pivotal role in supplying massive stocks including arctic tents, fuel, food, weapons and other essentials to the men deployed at the high-altitude forward locations.

Meanwhile, India walked out of the Shanghai Corporation Organization National Security Advisors’ Meet (SCO), after the Pakistani representative presented a flawed map of Pakistan showing Jammu and Kashmir as a part of their country. Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval objected to this claim and conveyed his displeasure to Russia, who was hosting this meet.

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