World saw India cannot be coerced, India’s response to China strong: Jaishankar

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Meets with Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2022. [Photo: US State Department/Freddie Everett.]

India’s response to China, which attempted to unilaterally alter the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May 2020 and in December of last year, was “strong and firm,” according to External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar on Saturday.

“On the Northern borders, China is seeking to change the status quo by bringing large forces, violating our agreements. Despite Covid, remember, this happened in May 2020. Our counter-response was strong and firm,” Jaishankar said while speaking at the Tughlaq’s 53rd Annual Day Function, according to ANI.

The external affairs minister added that even in the worst and ugliest weather, the Indian forces stationed along the border remained committed to defending the frontiers.

“These troops deployed in thousands, safeguard our frontiers in the most extreme terrain and harshest weather,” he said.

Jaishankar cited Uri and Balakot as examples of actions that delivered the nation the urgent message that it will not be coerced.

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