India of 2017 different from 1962: Arun Jaitley reminds China

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New Delhi: Hitting out at China for asking the Indian Army to learn from “historical lessons”, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday asserted the India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962.

“If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different,” Jaitley said when asked about China’s warning.

A day after China’s oblique reference to the war the two countries had fought 55 years ago, the defence minister also said the current standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector was triggered by Beijing. Bhutan, he added, had made it clear that the land in question belonged to it.

“Bhutan government had issued a statement yesterday in which it made it clear that the land in question belonged to Bhutan. It is located near India’s land. There is an arrangement between India and Bhutan for giving security,” Jaitley said.

The defence minister said the Bhutan government had made its stance clear and China was trying to alter the status quo in the area.

“I think after this the issue has become very clear,” Jaitley said.