India determined to protect its sovereignty: Rajnath on Ladakh row

India is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of “unilateralism and aggression”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, as the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh entered the seventh month.

The Minister said that India attaches importance to peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue and was committed to respect various agreements inked for maintenance of peace along the borders.

“However, India is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unilateralism and aggression,” he said, in an address at a virtual seminar organised by National Defence College.

Singh said India was a peace-loving country and it believes that differences should not become disputes.

The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to take place on Friday. In his address, the Minister also talked about efforts being made to enhance India’s military prowess as well as to boost domestic defence production. “Peace can only be ensured through the ability to deter war; we have attempted to build deterrence through capability development and indigenisation,” Singh said.