New Delhi: With a long unsettled boundary
issue between India and China, the two countries will shortly
have a joint working mechanism for cooperation and
consultation over the issue with a direct linkage between
Noting that most of the Confidence Building Measures
(CBMs) with China were focused on border areas such as "flag
meetings", informed sources said, however, there are no
discussions between headquarters-- Delhi and Beijing-- on a
particular incident or particular situation on the boundary
and the working mechanism is going to collect that
information. There will be now a direct linkage between the
Delhi and Beijing on the boundary situation.
"We are hoping that it will be there by this year. There
is a little bit of urgency to this whole thing. We already
have agreement in principle," they said.
The sources, while trying to downplay the "divergences"
between India and China, said the relationship with Beijing
was "very important, very complex and very sensitive" and an
"antagonistic" attitude towards it would not be "prudent" in
India`s interest and "will not serve any purpose".
They also maintained that the issue of increasing Chinese
military capabilities was not only matter of concern for India
but for countries around the world. There is an "assertive"
China and India has to live with that reality, the sources
They also tried to downplay the recent INS Aeravat and
Chinese vessel incident in South China Sea saying that one
should wonder why the piece was published by Western media.
According to the report, a Chinese Navy ship "confronted"
Indian vessel off the Vietnam coast, warning it against
entering Chinese waters.