Lukung, Ladakh: India is not a weak country and no power in the world can even touch an inch of its land, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday as he visited Ladakh to carry out a review of the security scenario in the wake of the border standoff with China.
Addressing Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans in Lukung, Singh said that talks are underway to resolve the standoff in eastern Ladakh, “but to what extent it will be resolved I cannot guarantee”.
“India is not a weak country. No power in the world can touch even an inch of India’s land,” Singh said at a forward post in Ladakh located on the banks of the Pangong Tso lake.
“We will not allow the sacrifice of soldiers to go in vain,” Singh said in an apparent reference to the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel during the Galwan Valley clashes with Chinese troops on June 15.
Singh arrived in Leh on a daylong visit, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General M.M. Naravane.
Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for over eight weeks since May 5.
The tension primarily escalated after the violent clashes in Galwan Valley that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers.
However, following a series of diplomatic and military talks, the two sides began a mutual disengagement process at most of the friction points on July 6.