China doesn’t recognize traditional and customary alignment of the boundary: Rajnath Singh
By Ankita Mohanty
In a heated parliament session, the Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha that the tensions between India and China remain unresolved. In the statement, Mr Singh proclaimed that China continues to be in illegal occupation of relatively 38,000 sq km in Ladakh. He recalled the Sino-Pakistan ‘Boundary Agreement’ of 1963 where Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of POK to China.
He concluded that till now, there has been no mutually accepted solution as China sternly disagrees on the border. Rajnath Singh has assured the congregation that Indian forces are ready to face all challenges in Ladakh and are determined to protect the sovereignty and security of the country if required. Furthermore, Mr Singh has convened that the border issue with China remains unresolved as China failed to recognize the current boundary. The obvious difference in perception has led to vicious face-off at the line of actual control.
“China doesn't recognise the traditional and customary alignment of the boundary. We consider that this alignment is based on well established geographical principals”, Rajnath has stated. He mentions that he has contacted Chinese officials through diplomatic channels conveying that attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo violated the bilateral agreements and has asked his Chinese counterparts to resolve this fragile situation “peacefully”.
During the end of the discourse, he requested the house to pass a resolution that “we stand shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces” during these tough times to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.
These statements come amid the unremitting transgression by the Chinese troops in various parts of Ladakh since April. 20 Indian soldiers were killed on 15th June in the line of duty- a first among 4 decades making the issue extra sensitive.