Union home minister Amit Shah, in an interview to News18, said the government is taking all possible military and diplomatic steps to resolve the ongoing border standoff in Ladakh with China and is committed to protecting the sovereignty and security of the country. Shah said that Indian armed forces are always ready to respond to any form of aggression. His comments came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping asked troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be prepared for war amid ongoing tensions with India in eastern Ladakh. Shah also added that militaries of both countries are talking to each other and the diplomatic channels of communication are open. The seventh round of talks between Indian and Chinese diplomats and military officials was held on October 13, which lasted more than 12 hours.