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Rajnath Singh: Over Ladakh Row Military,Diplomatic Talk On With China
Rajnath Singh also talked about the Doklam episode of 2017, recalling that the situation then too appeared "very tense". "But we did not step back. Ultimately, we were able to resolve the situation."
Rajnath Singh: Over Ladakh Row Military, Diplomatic Talk On With China
New Delhi: On Saturday, As Indian and Chinese troops remain engaged in a tense border standoff, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the government will not allow India's pride to be disturbed under any circumstances even as he said bilateral talks were on a military and diplomatic levels to resolve the row.
In the midst of the flare-ups between Indian and Chinese armies, Trump on Wednesday said he was "ready, willing and able to mediate" between the two countries. He reiterated the offer on Thursday as well.
The Ministry of External Affairs indirectly rejected the offer two days ago, but Singh became the first central minister to speak on India''s position on the issue with clarity.
Singh told news channel, Aaj Tak, "I spoke to the US Defence Secretary yesterday. I told him that we have developed a mechanism already under which any problem between India and China are resolved through military and diplomatic dialogue."
Asked whether India can be arm-twisted on the issue by China, he said: "you cannot even think of it."
The defence minister said efforts are on to resolve the border row in eastern Ladakh.
He said, "I want to assure the country that we will not allow India''s pride to be hurt under any circumstances. India has been following a clear policy of maintaining good relations with neighbouring countries and it is not a new approach; We have been following it for long. At times, the situation arises with China. It has happened before."
"It has been India''s efforts to ensure that the tension does not escalate. It should be resolved through talks at military and diplomatic levels. Negotiations are ongoing between the two countries at the military and diplomatic levels," he said.