LAC standoff: Amid Xi Jinping's war cry, Amit Shah says India's defence forces always ready

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing tensions with China in eastern Ladakh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that India’s defence forces are always prepared for the war and assured that government is committed to protecting country’s sovereignty and border.

His remarks came after the Chinese President asked the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China to prepare for a war with India. While visiting a military base in Guangdong province on October 13, the Chinese President had told the troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war.”

Reacting to the Chinese president’s war cry, the Union Minister said, the Indian Army is always prepared for any eventuality.

“Every nation is always ready (for war). That’s the purpose of maintaining armies – to respond to any form of aggression. I am not saying this in reference to any particular comments, but India’s defence forces are always ready,” CNN News18 quoted Shah as saying.

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Taking all possible steps to resolve standoff

The Union Home Minister further stated that the government is fully alert towards securing each inch of the country’s land and no one can take it away. Shah also stressed that the Centre is taking all possible military and diplomatic steps to resolve the standoff with China.

“We are vigilant for every inch of our land, no one can take it away…Our defence forces and leadership are capable of defending the country’s sovereignty and border,” he said.

Indian and Chinese armies have been locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh since mid-May. Both countries have since stepped up monitoring of their largely unsettled 3,488 km (2,167 miles) border.

Tranquillity along LAC deeply disturbed: Jaishankar

On Saturday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said that peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual (LAC) is “deeply disturbed” and this is obviously impacting the overall relationship between India and China.

Jaishankar further said that the relationship between India and China, which was “very difficult”, was normalised since the late 1980s through a plethora of initiatives like trade, travel, tourism, and societal activities on the premise of peace and tranquillity along the border.

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