Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the India-China border standoff showed the country was not weak and could give appropriate reply to any kind of transgression, aggression or unilateral acts.

With the two countries having held several rounds of talks to resolve the issue, Singh said India wants peaceful resolution of disputes but asserted no harm to its self- respect will be tolerated.

In his address at the combined graduation parade at Dundigul Air Force station in Hyderabad, the defence minister also said China’s “attitude reflected that country’s intentions” during these COVID-19 times. “But we have shown that India is not weak. This is new India that will give a appropriate reply to any kind of transgression, aggression or any unilateral acts,” he said.

India has found the support of many countries, even as it has received accolades, he said. The country was prepared to face any situation, he added.

Referring to the western sector, Singh said Pakistan was indulging in skirmishes on the borders and charged the neighbour with indulging in a “proxy war” using terrorism, despite being defeated by India in four wars.

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The country was not only handling terrorism effectively within the country but even taking action beyond the borders, he said referring to the air strikes at terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan.

This demonstrated to the world India’s military strength and the country’s firm intentions against terrorism, he added.

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