(Kajal Singh intern journalist): Rajnath Singh said that I want to assure the country that we will not allow India’s pride to tarnish under any circumstances. India is following a clear policy of maintaining good relations with neighbouring countries.
New Delhi: While soldiers of India and China are embroiled in a tense border dispute, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that the government will not allow India’s pride to be tarnished under any circumstances. He said that bilateral talks are going on at the military and diplomatic levels to remove the deadlock.
Asked about the offer of mediation by US President Donald Trump to overcome the deadlock, Rajnath Singh said that he told US Defence Minister Mark T. Asper in a phone conversation on Friday that the problems between India and China There is currently a system in place to resolve through dialogue at the diplomatic and military levels.
Trump offered mediation
Seeing the tension between the forces of India and China, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he is ready, willing, and able to mediate between the two countries. The Ministry of External Affairs rejected the offer two days ago but Rajnath Singh is the first Union Minister who has spoken clearly on the issue.
Singh told a news channel, “I spoke to the US Defence Minister yesterday. I told him that we already have a system under which any problem between India and China can be resolved through military and diplomatic talks goes.”
Attempt to resolve border dispute in Ladakh continues
Asked whether China could pressurize India on this issue, the defense minister said, “You can’t even think about it.” He called for third-party mediation by India to resolve the border deadlock with China. He was answering a question related to rejection.
The Defence Minister said that efforts are on to resolve the border dispute in East Ladakh.
‘The pride of the country will not be allowed to tarnish’
He said, “I want to assure the country that we will not allow India’s pride to tarnish under any circumstances. India is following a clear policy of maintaining good relations with neighboring countries and this is not a new stand.” We have been following this for a long time. Sometimes a dispute with China arises. It has happened before. “
Doklam controversy mentioned
Referring to the Doklam issue of 2017, Singh said that at that time also the situation seemed quite tense, but we did not back down. We finally resolved the situation. He said that China also wants to resolve the border issue in eastern Ladakh through diplomatic dialogue and there is infiltration due to different perceptions of both sides about the Line of Actual Control.
‘Negotiations at diplomatic levels should be resolved’
The Defence Minister said, “India is trying to ensure that tensions do not escalate. This should be resolved through dialogue at the military and diplomatic levels. Talks between the two countries to continue at the military and diplomatic levels.” Tensions have continued between India and China forces in eastern Ladakh’s Pagong So, Galvan Valley, Demchak, and Daulat Beg Oldi for more than three weeks.
There is a dispute over the finger area
The deadlock began after China’s strong opposition to the road construction between Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi in Galvan Valley, in addition to building the main road in the Finger area around Pangong So. Military sources said that China is also constructing a road in the Finger area which is not acceptable to India.
India increases army in Ladakh
Sources said that to counter China’s aggressive attitude, the Indian Army has also increased the number of its troops, vehicles, and cannons in East Ladakh. On the evening of May 5 in eastern Ladakh, there were violent clashes between about 250 soldiers from China and India which continued the next day, after which the two sides split. However, the deadlock continued. This incident happened in North Sikkim on May 9 after a similar incident occurred in Pangong. The deadlock between the Indian and Chinese military continued in Doklam for 73 days in 2017.
There is a 3488 km long Line of Actual Control between India and China. China describes Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet, while India opposes it. Both sides agree that it is necessary to maintain peace and patience in the border areas until the final resolution of the border dispute.