Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday China had illegally occupied Aksai Chin and that incursions by Chinese troops did not augur well in maintaining cordial relations with India's neighbour.
Government is set to clear a proposal to raise a dozen battalions and induct close to 12,000 fresh personnel in the Indo-China border guarding force ITBP to bolster the force's presence along this strategic frontier.
The stand-off in Demchok area of Ladakh continued for the 10th day on Tuesday with Chinese nomads now reported to have erected tents with the help of Chinese Army inside Indian territory to protest against an ongoing irrigation canal work.
Giving "utmost priority" to country`s security without compromising on environment, the Environment ministry has decided to vest more power in states to give regulatory nods for building defence installation within 100 kms of Indo-China border.
President Pranab Mukherjee arrived here at Lakhimpur in upper Assam this afternoon for his onward journey to neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh for his maiden two-day visit to that state along the Indo-China border.