New Delhi: India has conveyed its concern to
China over the presence of Chinese personnel in Pakistan-
occupied Kashmir (PoK) and asserted that it was consistently
strengthening its capabilities in the eastern sector to meet
"We have conveyed our concerns to China, and at the same
time we are consistently strengthening our capabilities in the
eastern sector to meet any challenge," Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters on the sidelines of Naval Commanders
Conference here today.
Replying to queries regarding Chinese presence in PoK, he
said, "It is there for many years... We are in a phased-manner
consistently strengthening our capabilities (in the eastern
On Chinese objection to Indian presence in South-China
sea near Vietnam, Antony said, "We have delegation level talks
going on (with Vietnam) now. When Prime Minister is discussing
with the Vietnamese President, it is not correct on my part to
comment on it."
He said India`s interest lies only in uninterrupted
passage of ships and trade.
"There is no question of India going there (in
South-China sea) in large scale. We will go there for exercise
and uninterrupted passage of ships and trade. There is no
question of any naval presence there. That is not our
intention, our main concern is to protect our core area of
interest," he said.
On aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, he said it will be
delivered by the end of next year.
"INS Vikramaditya is coming towards the end of 2012. That
is for sure," he said.
The Defence Minister refused to participate in any debate
on the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu
"I am not (in favor) of any public debate on this issue,"