During a press brief in the USA, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asserted that India cannot be pushed around by China as he underlined that the relationship between the two neighbours is going to be "tough" and not an easy one.
Rahul Gandhi, who is in the US for a three-city US tour, made the remarks on Wednesday night in response to a question from Indian students at the Stanford University Campus in California.
"How do you see the India-China relationship evolving in the next 5-10 years?” he was asked. Gandhi replied, "It's tough right now. I mean, they've occupied some of our territory. It's rough. It's not too easy a situation in reference to the bi-lateral relationship.
"India cannot be pushed around. That something is not going to happen,” Gandhi said. India and China are also locked in a lingering border standoff in eastern Ladakh for three years.
The bilateral relationship came under severe strain following the deadly clash in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June 2020.