Union home minister Amit Shah is seen in this file photo.  Shah has said the government is taking all possible military and diplomatic steps to resolve the ongoing border standoff in Ladakh with China.

Union residence minister Amit Shah has mentioned the federal government is taking all doable navy and diplomatic steps to resolve the continued border standoff in Ladakh with China and is dedicated to defending the sovereignty and safety of the nation.

Shah mentioned in an interview to a tv information channel on Saturday that Indian defence forces are at all times prepared to answer any type of aggression. His feedback got here days after Chinese President Xi Jinping requested troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be ready for struggle amid ongoing tensions with India in jap Ladakh.

“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 mentioned in an interview with News18 Group. “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,” he mentioned.

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The Union residence minister additionally added that militaries of each international locations are speaking to one another and the diplomatic channels of communication are additionally open. The seventh round of talks between Indian and Chinese diplomats and navy officers was held on October 13, which lasted greater than 12 hours. A day after the seventh spherical of talks between senior navy commanders at Chushul India and China mentioned in a joint press assertion that either side have agreed to proceed their dialogue to reach at a mutually acceptable resolution for early disengagement within the jap Ladakh theatre.

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They mentioned they’d a greater understanding of one another’s place within the delicate sector after the newest spherical of talks, even because the border row is in its sixth month and efforts to disengage and de-escalate have made no breakthrough. “The two sides had a sincere, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of India-China border areas. They were of the view that these discussions were positive, constructive and had enhanced understanding of each other’s positions,” mentioned the assertion.

Shah was additionally requested if India ought to change its coverage in the direction of Tibet and Taiwan in a tit-for-tat response to China’s declare on Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. “It’s not right to discuss this here. It’s a very complex issue with far-reaching implications. Defence minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister S Jaishankar have cleared India’s position (on China) on Parliament’s floor. I think that’s enough. Talks with China are underway…” he mentioned.

Both the international locations have deployed greater than 50,000 troopers every together with superior weapons and programs in jap Ladakh. The Indian Army and PLA have made preparations for a protracted haul within the sector whilst talks at navy and diplomatic ranges are on.

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