New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement on the India-China Ladakh border standoff in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday afternoon, a source told news agency PTI, adding that the opposition leaders will speak on the issue following Singh's statement and the latter may give clarification on the same.

“Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement at 12 noon on standoff at LAC. Thereafter, opposition leaders will speak on the issue. If required thereafter, the minister may give clarification," the source said.

Armed forces of India and China are engaged in a face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May this year. The standoff even took a deadly turn as 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in clashes between the soldiers in Galwan Valley area in June. The clashes erupted after Chinese troops attacked an Indian patrol party, who had gone to ensure the Chinese disengagement in the area.

Earlier today, Singh had addressed the lower house of the Parliament, Lok Sabha, on the contentious India-China border issue. This was the first time the issue has been brought up in the Parliament since the tensions between the two nations escalated in June after Galwan valley clash.

Singh had said that both India and China agree that it is essential to improve the bilateral relations between the two neighbours and to maintain peace and tranquillity along with the India-China border areas.

“Both India and China agree that to maintain peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas, it is essential for the further development of bilateral relations”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on India-China border issue”.

However, the defence minister said that the issue between the two neighbours remains unresolved. He also said that China doesn't recognise the traditional and customary alignment of the boundary, while India considers that alignment is based on well established geographical principles. 


Posted By: Lakshay Raja