Sending a stern message to China, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Monday said India will not accept any kind of intrusion by China or concede any of its territory.
"These incidents are happening. But we are very, very clear this time that we will not accept any kind of their (Chinese) intrusion into our territory and we will not concede. This is something we are not going to accept," said Rijiju on the sidelines of a function here.
Insisting that there was nothing aggressive about it, Rijiju, who is a Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh on which China has staked controversial claims in the past, termed it as firmness on India’s part.
“We should not let our territory or our perceived territory to go into the hands of the other side. We are every clear on that. This should not be construed as we are being too aggressive or trying to destabilise the situation along the border," he said.
Claiming that Indian forces will not get into any confrontation that can lead to unnecessary strains in ties or escalate tension in the border areas, Rijiju added: “But if they carry out any construction activity in our territory or in our perceived territory, then we have to stop them. That is why this tension goes along. We are very particular about our concerns and we stand by that.”
He said some of the areas along the Sino-Indian border are not very well demarcated and Indian forces "go to the very point and Chinese PLA also come and sometime cross the area which India sees as its territory.
India and China have recently resolved another stand-off at border that cast a shadow during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.