Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said China will not be able to stop Indian troops from patrolling regions that New Delhi considers part of its territory.

The minister also said starting a war was in “our hands” but ending it was not – in what could be seen as a warning to China against starting hostilities with India.

India wanted to resolve its current border tensions with China through dialogue, the minister said but added that the government would take all steps including difficult ones to secure India’s sovereignty and integrity.

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