New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after the meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow on the sidelines of the SCO ministerial meet, China on Saturday said that it can't lose an inch of its territory and pinned the entire blame for border dispute on New Delhi.

"Causes and truth of the current tension on the China-India border are clear, and the responsibility entirely lies with India. China cannot lose an inch of its territory, and its armed forces are fully determined, capable and confident in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity," the statement said.

The Chinese side also asked New Delhi to "earnestly implement important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and insist on resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation."

Responding to the Chinese statement, the defence ministry said that while Indians troops always take a responsible approach towards border management, there should be no doubt about their determination to protect India's territorial integrity.

"Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management but, at the same time, there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the defence ministry said in response to China.

During Friday's meeting, Rajnath Singh told his Chinese counterpart that both countries should continue to hold talks through diplomatic as well as military channels to restore peace and tranquillity along the LAC and asked him to complete the disengagement process at the earliest from all friction points.

"Raksha Mantri conveyed that the two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC at the earliest," the Ministry of Defence said in its statement put out on Twitter.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma