PM Modi Targets China, Says Expansionism Is A Mental Disorder

Jaisalmer: In typical style, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed China on Saturday without naming them.

“Today the whole world is troubled by expansionist forces. Expansionism is, in a way, a mental disorder and reflects 18th-century thinking. India is also becoming a strong voice against this thinking,” the PM said in Jaisalmer while addressing soldiers of Indian Army.

India and China have been engaged in a standoff at the Ladakh region of LAC since May. Tensions escalated after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a skirmish at Galwan Valley in June. There were casualties on the Chinese side too.

Both countries have been trying to de-escalate tension at the border through bilateral discussions at different levels. But despite assurances to ease the situation, tension has continued thanks to claims and counter-claims.

“In 2014, I celebrated Diwali at Siachen. Many people were surprised. But you know me, I am always with my own people during festivals. And I have continued with that tradition even this year,” said Modi who travelled to Longewala, a border town in Rajasthan, to celebrate Diwali with soldiers.

“My Diwali is complete only when I come amid you. My happiness doubles when I look at the joy on your faces,” he added.

Praising the Army for their role in different challenges, Modi said the entire country is proud of the soldiers.

“Be it the peaks of the Himalayas, the stretch of desert, dense forests or the depths of seas – your valour has always triumphed in every challenge. 130 Crore Indians are standing with you. Every Indian is proud of the strength and valour of our soldiers. They are proud of your invincibility. No power in the world can stop our brave soldiers from guarding the borders of our country,” he said.

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