Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke about the ongoing border conflict with China in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, warning that India will take “any big and tough step” in its interest if the neighbouring country doesn’t adhere to what it says.

Rajnath said China’s words do not match its actions, adding that the Indian soldiers will continue “traditional and well-defined” patrolling along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

“No power in the world can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling,” he said.

“Yudh ki shuruat toh hamari haath mein hoti hai, lekin uska ant nahin hota hai. Aur mujhe kai baar tajjub hota hai ki shanti ka yeh sandesh jis dharti se poore vishwa ko mila hai, us dharti ki shanti mein vighna daalne ke prayas kiye jaate hain (One can start a war but ending it is not in one’s hands. Many a time, I am surprised that attempts are made to disrupt peace in the very land which gave the world the message of peace),” the Defence Minister added.

A couple of days ago, Rajnath had made a similar statement in Lok Sabha. In the Upper House on Thursday, he was replying to a query from Congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony.