The war of words between India and China has started once again after New Delhi and Beijing accused each other of inciting border tensions in the eastern Ladakh region. Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said that close deployments in Ladakh continue due to a military build-up instigated by China, a claim countered by China’s foreign ministry.
Amid the stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Navy had re-positioned a range of naval assets in the Indian Ocean region to send a clear message to China, revealed Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday.
“Navy’s proactive forward deployment during the Galwan standoff signalled our intent that we seek peace but are ready for any eventuality,” Rajnath Singh said after visiting the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) at Ernakulam wharf of the Cochin port.
The defence minister has not provided further details, but sources in New Delhi said that the deployment was performed in an attempt to counter a “possible collusive threat” from China and Pakistan.