New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday played down the security threat from China, saying peace and tranquillity continues between the two neighbours.
Speaking in Lok Sabha, Singh described India and China as great neighbours and rejected the contention that China was preparing to attack India.
He said the reports to this effect were false.
“Our government does not share the view that China will attack India,” the PM said.
The remarks came amid reports that Chinese President Hu Jintao has asked the country’s Navy to prepare for warfare amid the country’s ongoing dispute with several countries, including India, on oil exploration in South China Sea.
They also follow China’s agreement with Indian Ocean island of Seychelles to set up a military base there.
The PM acknowledged in Parliament that not much progress has been made on the border dispute ever since the two counties agreed on political parameters to resolve the row.
He assured the House that officials at highest level in China had assured him on “maintaining peace and tranquillity with India”.