Era of expansionism is over: Modi in Ladakh

Days after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a deadly clash with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley, PM Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Ladakh and interacted with soldiers at a forward post close to the conflict site.

Modi also met the injured soldiers, paid tribute to the martyrs and addressed a large gathering of the troops at Nimu, approximately 100 km from the Galwan Valley in a bid to ‘boost their morale.’ In what was seen as a strong message to China, Modi said, “The age of expansionism is over, this is the era of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to retreat.”

Even as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh remained conspicuous by his absence, Modi was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, responding to Modi’s visit, said, “China and India are in communication with each other through military and diplomatic channels. Neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation.”

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