Congress raises China transgression, Rajnath Singh says borders secure

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Parliament House. (PTI)

IN THE wake of Chinese troops making a transgression in Demchok area of Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday assured Parliament that the integrity of India’s borders was being fully protected even as he accepted that some unpleasant incidents have taken place due to difference in perception of Sino-Indian border in the two countries.

“In general, peace has prevailed on India-China border. However, on Line of Actual Control (LAC), due to difference in perception, there have been some unpleasant incidents at local level temporarily. This fact cannot be denied,” he said.

That has been the situation since 1962, he said, referring to the year of India-China war, and added that the root cause is the lack of commonly delineated LAC between the two countries. “I assure the House regarding security of not only the India-China border but also other borders,” Singh added.

Making a statement on the situation along the Sino-India border, Singh said there is complete restraint by armed forces of India and China at Doklam following a stand-off between them in 2017.

India and China are respecting bilateral pacts to ensure peace and tranquillity along border. Both countries are respecting the agreed mechanisms,” he said, adding that both the countries have put a mechanism in place to control incidents of incursions and transgressions.

Singh’s statement came after Leader of the…

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