Border issues with China will be resolved: Govt

Last Updated: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 19:11

Bangalore: Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju on Friday said differences on border with China would be resolved as he outlined New Delhi`s position to concentrate on the positives of the bilateral relationshp with Beijing.
Responding to mediapersons` questions, Raju said "we are all aware of differences on the perception of the (Sino-India) border and China`s claims".
Reacting sharply to Defence Minister AK Antony`s visit to Arunachal Pradesh for its statehood celebrations last month, China had said India should refrain from taking any action that could "complicate" the border issue.

Raju was asked to comment on the Chinese reaction and a
school of thought in India advocating the need for New Delhi
to be far more assertive in dealing with Beijing on such
things.

He pointed out that External Affairs Minister SM Krishna
has already made it clear Arunachal Pradesh is an integral
part of India while Antony termed the Chinese comments
"objectionable".

"But nevertheless, India and China are growing economies
of the region. We have increasing (bilateral) trade happening.
We have similar concerns as far as internal situation is
concerned", Raju said.

He sought to draw attention to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s statement on focusing on positives in relations with
China.

"Differences on the perception of the border...we will
continue to talk about (on) how we resolve it (them). That`s
an ongoing process. We will resolve it", Raju said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 19:11

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