New Delhi: In a clear message to China, just ahead of talks to resolve border issues, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that India is facing challenges on its borders and will defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“India is a peace-loving country and that peace can only be ensured through the ability to deter war,” Singh said while speaking at a webinar celebrating the Diamond Jubilee to mark 60 years of the National Defense College in Delhi.
The webinar theme was on ‘India’s National Security – The Decade Ahead’ and it started with a keynote address by Rajnath Singh.
The Minister said: “We believe that differences should not become disputes. We attach importance to the peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue. India is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unilateralism and aggression, no matter what the sacrifice.”
India and China are engaged in border disputes for the last seven months in Eastern Ladakh. Despite several rounds of talks between the two countries, the dispute remains unresolved.
Talking about India’s relations with friendly counties he said: “We have enhanced the scope and quality of our relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman in the West and with Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea in the East.”
“India’s strategic partnership with the US is stronger than ever before,” Singh said.