The Defense Minister said that recently China attempted to infiltrate into Ladakh, which was thwarted by Indian jambajas. However, both countries want to reduce tension on the border and restore peace. In Ladakh we are going through a challenge and we should pass a resolution that the whole house is standing with the jawans.
Rajnath said that I recently encouraged the soldiers by going to Ladakh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reached Ladakh and met the soldiers. He had also given this message that we are standing with our brave soldiers. The Defense Minister said that on the border I have felt the indomitable courage of the brave soldiers. You know, Colonel Santosh Babu made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the motherland.
The defense minister said, both countries want peace on the border. Both India and China agree that peace be maintained in the India-China border areas as this is necessary for the further development of bilateral relations.
He said that China believes that the two countries have different interpretations about the Traditional Line. The two countries were discussing it in the 1960s, but no solution has been found. China had illegally occupied an area of 48 thousand kilometers in Ladakh. Apart from this, Pakistan also handed over some land of PoK to China.
Rajnath said that the border dispute is a big issue and it should be resolved in a peaceful and negotiated manner. Both countries have entered into agreements to restore peace. However, they are not being followed by China.
He said that China did not comply with the 1993 and 1996 agreements. In May, tensions have arisen due to China. After this, China took action to provoke the night of 29-30 August. But our soldiers taught China a lesson.
The Defense Minister said that Indian soldiers have caused heavy damage to China. Our people should be praised for this. He said that we are fully committed to the sovereignty and integrity of India.
Rajnath said that from 1990 to 2003, an effort was made to reach a consensus among the two countries, but after that China did not move in this direction. The month of April saw an increase in Chinese troops and weapons along the Ladakh border.
He said that China interfered during the patrolling of our troops, due to which there was a situation of tension on the border. But our soldiers showed bravery and threw water on the plans of China. Our soldiers showed valor where valor was needed and kept peace where peace was needed.
The Defense Minister said that Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also told the Chinese Foreign Minister that peace can be restored if the agreements are followed. I want to make it clear in the House that we are ready to deal with any situation.
He said that from the speeches and statements of the Prime Minister, there has been a message among the army personnel that the country stands with them. In Ladakh we are going through a challenge and we should pass a resolution that the whole house is standing with the jawans.