Modi visits border region, says military ready to defend country


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in a remote region bordering China where troops from the two countries have been facing off for almost two months. PM Modi's LinkedIn post said.

Responding to Modi's Ladakh visit, China's Foreign Ministry said that both countries should try to defuse the tensions and refrain from acting in a manner that may escalate the situation, especially when talks to resolve the dispute are ongoing. This is the age of development.

Today there is huge enthusiasm among the tech and start-up community to create world class "Made in India Apps", PM Modi said.

India and China have traded blame for triggering the high-altitude brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers have been killed and at least 76 were injured. About 50 square kilometers (20 square miles) previously controlled by India in the Pangong Tso area - a glacial lake high on the Tibetan plateau - is now being held by Chinese personnel, according to Indian officials.

Modi being briefed by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat (L) in Leh, Friday, July 3, 2020.

He tweeted that China has demarcated boundaries "with 12 of its 14 neighboring countries through peaceful negotiations, turning land borders into bonds of friendly cooperation". "I pay homage to mother India and to the mothers of all those courageous soldiers and security personnel who serve India with unparalleled diligence", said Modi.

China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered. "History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back", he said. He reached there early in the morning by chopper from Leh and will return later today.

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Modi praised the soldiers for giving a befitting response to the attackers.

Prime Minister Modi also said that it will help create an "Aatmanirbhar App Ecosystem". He said, through the bravery which has been shown by the soldiers, a message has gone to the entire world about India's strength.

"In these circumstances, neither side should take actions that might complicate the border situation", he said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

In a statement, the Army said "it is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how our courageous Armed Forces are treated".

As part of the BJP's door-to-door campaign to publicise the highlights of the government's first year, its workers contacted over 5.41 crore people, he said.

He said India had always given a fitting reply to anyone who tried to disturb peace or progress.