NEW DELHI: July 04, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the time for expansionism is over. This is the era of development. He said that the military stood ready to defend his country.
Indian Prime Minister while addressing the soldiers during his visit to Ladakh, the northern border region between India and China, said that India is becoming stronger, be it in naval might, air power, space power and the strength of our army. Modernization of weapons and up gradation of infrastructure has enhanced our defence capabilities multi fold, he added.
Modi, making his first trip to the region since the Indian army lost 20 soldiers in a clash with Chinese soldiers last month, said his country’s commitment to peace should not be seen as a sign of weakness.
Previously, Ladakh was part of India-held Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), which enjoyed limited autonomy. But in August 2019, New Delhi annexed the disputed J&K region and reconstituted Ladakh as a union territory.
Chinese foreign office spokesman Zhao Lijian, responding about Modi’s visit to the border region, said both sides were in communication through diplomatic and military channels to ease the situation. He said that in these circumstances, neither side should take actions that might complicate the border situation.