India, Oct. 18 -- Union home minister Amit Shah has 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 in an interview to a television news channel on Saturday that Indian defence 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.

"We are vigilant for every inch of our land, no one can take it away... Our defence forces and leadership are capable of defending the country's soverei...