Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned China again against the background of the recent border confrontations between the two countries, threatening that his country’s army would respond to any infringement of its sovereignty.
In a speech delivered at the Independence Day ceremony on Saturday, Modi stressed that India’s sovereignty “is paramount” and that relations with neighboring countries depend on security and trust.
He pointed out that the confrontations with Pakistan and China took place in the disputed border areas, without mentioning either of them by name.
“Whoever looks at the sovereignty of the country, the army will respond to it in its own language,” he said, adding that India is committed to enhancing the capabilities of its armed forces.
He continued: “What we can do and what our soldiers can do, everyone saw in Ladakh,” referring to the border clash with Chinese soldiers in the Himalayas in mid-June, in which 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed.
He added, “A neighbor is not just someone who shares our geography, but they also share our hearts.”