Calling it "unfortunate attempts", Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has accused China of employing force to change the status quo along the nations' unresolved borders. The minister, however, emphasised that the government will defend the country's border at any cost.
"India is vigilant and prepared to counter and defeat any misadventure to defend our people and territorial integrity at all costs", Rajnath Singh said while inaugurating the AeroIndia 2021 exhibition in Bengaluru.
The Indian TV channel Times Now reported that China's military has deployed around 350 tanks including sophisticated "Type 99" vehicles near the border.
Last week, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind had also confirmed that the country has strengthened its military forces along the disputed Himalayan border amid talks with China to diffuse the tensions.
"My government is vigilant and fully committed to safeguarding the interests of the country. Additional forces have also been deployed at the LAC to protect the sovereignty of India", Ram Nath Kovind said while addressing members of parliament.
The two countries earlier termed the ninth round of military commander level talks as "positive, constructive, and practical, which will contribute to strengthening mutual trust and mutual understanding".