Trust key for peace, says Rajnath Singh at SCO meet also attended by his Chinese counterpart
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In an apparent reference to the recent incursion bids by the Chinese troops along the border in Ladakh, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that trust, non-aggression, peaceful resolution of differences are key to maintaining peace and tranquillity in the region.
"Peaceful stable and secure region of SCO member states, which is home to over 40 per cent of the global population, demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other's interest and peaceful resolution of differences," Singh said.
The remarks of the defence minister came during the ministerial meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO in Moscow, which was also attended by his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe. It also came days after the talks between India and China to resolve the Ladakh standoff derailed following an "incursion attempt" by the Chinese PLA in the Pangong Tso lake area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The troops of both India and China have been engaged in a standoff along the LAC in Ladakh since May this year. However, the standoff took an ugly turn after a violent face-off between the soldiers of both the Asian superpowers in Galwan Valley area. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley clashes, while over 40 Chinese soldiers were believed to have died or injured. Following the clashes, both sides called in additional troops and came on the brink of a full-blown military conflict.
However, things calmed a bit and both sides pulled back their troops after extensive talks between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi. Both sides had also held several rounds of disengagement talks but five days ago, China reportedly derailed the talks by attempting to occupy Indian territory in the southern bank of Pangong lake. Alert Indian security, however, thwarted the Chinese bid and took control of several key heights in the area, according to reports.
Earlier in the day, Army Chief MM Naravane termed the situation along the LAC "slightly tense" and said that the Army has "undertaken some precautionary deployments" for the safety and security of the nation.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma