‘China has more resources, India prepared too’
New Delhi: Noting that China has more resources to dedicate for modernisation of its defence forces, government on Thursday asserted that India is not "under-prepared" in anyway and is also acquiring capabilities to build its infrastructure along the border for security needs.
"China's budget is four times that of India so they will definitely have larger resources dedicated to that (for modernisations purposes)," Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju told reporters here.
He was replying to a question on rapid modernisation of military infrastructure by Chinese Army along its border with India which was mentioned in the recently released Annual Report of Defence Ministry for the year 2011-12.
Raju emphasised that all efforts are being made by the Indian government to improve military infrastructure in the bordering areas.
Stressing that India is not "under-prepared" in anyway, he said "we are also gathering momentum in the way we are acquiring capabilities and the way we are building our infrastructure."
In the Annual Report-2011-12, the Defence Ministry has highlighted the way China is increasing its footprints in India's immediate neighbourhood.
"Rapid infrastructure development in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Xinjiang province has considerably upgraded China's military force projection and application capability against India and improved their overall strategic and operational flexibility," the report had said.
Underlining that India desires a peaceful and cordial relation with China, the report had said, "Chinese footprints in India's immediate neighbourhood are increasing progressively due to its proactive diplomacy through political, military and economic cooperation and engagement."
On steps taken to strengthen Indian infrastructure along the border, it said, "A holistic review of our infrastructural development and military modernisation programme has been undertaken in consonance with the overall Border Areas Development Programme."
The report also mentioned that India and China have appointed Special Representatives to explore the framework of a boundary settlement from the political perspective of the bilateral relationship.
"A policy of positive engagement and maintaining peace and tranquility along the LAC is ensured. Concurrently, necessary development of infrastructure and military preparedness to include force modernisation continues to meet the present and future security challenges," said the report.
It added that the relations between the two nations have improved over the past few years and, "positive engagement at the political and diplomatic level are continuing with limited military to military interaction as well."