Era of expansion is over: PM sends strong message to China in Ladakh

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New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited forward areas in Ladakh, over two weeks after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, and gave a strong message to China that the era of expansion is now over as the new world is for development.

In a loud and clear message to Beijing, PM said that the valour of Indian soldiers has been demonstrated before the whole world recently and they will not hesitate in protecting the motherland. “Bravery is the basis for achieving peace, Bharat Mata’s enemies have seen your fire and fury,” PM said while addressing the Indian Army, Air Force and ITBP soldiers in Nimu, one of the forward locations in Ladakh.

The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat and Army chief General MM Naravane also boosted the morale of soldiers deployed in the region.

“You inspire every citizen, our resolve for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat further gets boosted by your bravery,” PM said, adding that the whole country is proud of the bravery of soldiers martyred in the recent face-off.

During his address, PM paid tributes to Indian troops martyred in Galwan Valley, saying that “your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ladakh. (Image credits: @DDNewslive)

On the occasion, PM also lauded Road Organisation (BRO) and other bodies engaged in development on borders, amid challenging weather and situation.

This is PM Modi’s first such visit to Ladakh that has witnessed an escalation in border tensions, especially after the June 15 violent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

PM Modi arrived in Leh today in the morning.

Nimu, located at 11,000 feet, is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and is on the banks of the Indus.

During his visit, PM Modi interacted with the Army, IAF and ITBP personnel. He was also briefed by senior officers of the Army.

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