Addressing the 53rd anniversary of Tamil weekly ‘Tughlaq’ in Chennai on Saturday evening, the External Affairs Minister said, ‘Today China is trying to change the status quo by crossing our border by deploying large numbers of troops on the northern borders. Despite COVID-19, our response has been strong and determined. Thousands of our troops are deployed guarding our borders in rugged terrains and they are still (guarding the borders) with full readiness.
S Jaishankar said, ‘National prosperity has many aspects and national security is its basic foundation. All countries are judged in this regard, but we have had many problems, from insurgency to cross-border terrorism. The Balakot airstrike sent a very important message. The External Affairs Minister said that India is a country that does not yield to anyone’s pressure and will do everything to ensure security.
The Union Minister said that if the country had not been partitioned in 1947, India would have been the largest country in the world and not China. He said, ‘You may be wondering why the Foreign Minister is saying this. In my travels abroad, I have raved about our (Covid-19) vaccines distributed in many developed countries and our technology-enabled governance.