India, China have different perceptions of LAC, Rajnath says in Lok Sabha: Key points

by Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defence minister

Rajnath Singh

on Tuesday said that India and China have different perceptions about

the Line of Actual Control

(LAC) and that the

border issue

remains unresolved.

Rajnath Singh made this statement in

the Lok Sabha

today.

Here are the key points:

* India and China border issue remains unresolved. Till now, there has been no mutually acceptable solution. China disagrees on the border.

* China doesn’t recognise the traditional and customary alignment of the boundary. We consider that this alignment is based on well established geographical principals.

* Both India and China agree to maintain peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas, it is essential for the further development of bilateral relations.

* We have told China through diplomatic channels that the attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements.

* Violent conduct of Chinese troops is a violation of all past agreements. Our troops have done counter deployments in the area to safeguard our borders.

* China has mobilised a huge number of Army battalions & armaments along LAC & inner areas. There’re many friction points in eastern

Ladakh

, Gogra, Kongka La, Pangong Lake’s north & south banks. Indian Army has made counter deployments in these areas.

* You know that Colonel Santosh Babu and his 19 brave companions have made their supreme sacrifice while protecting their motherland. This House paid its respects to him by keeping two minutes silent.

* China, as this House is aware, has unauthorized occupation of approximately 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh. Also, under a so-called Boundary-Agreement in 1963, Pakistan illegally handed over 5180 square km of Indian land of PoK to China.

* I also want to inform you that there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India-China and the perception of both the countries on the LAC are different.

* The House must remain confident that our armed forces will face this challenge successfully, and we are proud of them for this.

* The situation that persists now involves sensitive operational issues. So, I would not like to reveal more details about this.

* India is committed to resolving the current issues in border areas through peaceful dialogue and consultation. To achieve this objective, I met my Chinese counterpart Gen Wei Fenghe in Moscow on 4 September and we had an in-depth discussion.

* In the past, there have been many stand-offs in our border areas with China, which were resolved in a peaceful manner. Although the situation this year, it is very different from before, we are still committed to a peaceful solution to the current situation.

* Along with this, I want to assure the House that we are ready to deal with all situations. There has been a glorious tradition of this House, that whenever a major challenge has come before the country, this House has shown its complete unity and trust in the determination and determination of the Indian forces.

* I want to assure you that the enthusiasm and courage of the soldiers of our armed forces is strong.

* All adequate arrangements for special warm clothes, special tents, weapons and ammunition have been made for them given the snowy heights of the region.

* I would like to urge this House that we should pass a resolution that we stand step by step with our brave soldiers, who, regardless of their lives, are subjected to adverse circumstances at the high peaks of our country.

* I also want to assure you that we are ready to deal with any situation.

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