The president's remarks came after senior Indian and Chinese military commanders held talks aimed to resolve the months-long standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The two countries agreed to stop sending more troops to their disputed border.
It is one thing to send additional warships to the Indo-Pacific waters to warn China that smaller countries around the South China Sea cannot be bullied. But it is quite different across a land border.
The build-up at the border—triggered by aggressive posturing and ‘transgressions’ by soldiers of the PLA into the Indian side of the LAC—coincides with a marked rise in anti-China feelings in India in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.