India has right to build infrastructure along border: A K Antony
PANAJI, May 11: Days after the standoff with China over intrusion in Ladakh, India
today defended its right to build border infrastructure and said Army and Air Force
will continue to shore up their capabilities "on our own land".
"Each country has a right to build border infrastructure in their own land. If China
has a right to develop infrastructure, India also has a right. Over the years, the
building of infrastructure has been going on," Defence Minister A K Antony told
The 21-day stand-off in Daulat Beg Oldi sector had ended on May 5 after the two sides
agreed to pull back their troops to their earlier positions along the Line of Actual
Reports have suggested that it was only after India agreed to dismantle its positions
in Chumar area in Ladakh that the Chinese side agreed to withdraw its troops from
Depsang valley in Daulat Beg Oldi sector there. But external affairs minister Salman
Khurshid had said that "no deal" was struck for ending the stand-off in Ladakh.
The Chinese side had contended that infrastructure activities being carried out by
them on their side were developmental in nature.
"The Army and Air Force have been increasing their capabilities (along the border)
and they will continue doing that on our own land," Antony said.
Asked whether India has begun dismantling its bunkers in Chumar sector, he said,
"The general discussions on the topic are over. The implementation part has to be
done by commanders of both the armies on ground."
The Defence Minister insisted that India firmly believed in finding solution to disputes
through diplomatic channels.
"India believes in finding solution to disputes through negotiations and discussions.
We have well established procedure to settle these disputes. "The stand off is over
and both sides have agreed to maintain status quo ante," said Antony, who was here
to commission fighter aircraft MiG 29K's Black Panther squadron at INS Hansa.
He evaded a direct reply when asked if it was India's failure to prevent the Chinese
army from intruding into its territory, saying, "after whatever happened between
both the countries, both have decided to maintain status quo ante." PTI
India, China working on Border Cooperation Agreement: Khurshid
NEW DELHI, May 11: Against the backdrop of Chinese recent incursion in Ladakh, External
Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said the two countries are working on a new
Border Defence Cooperation Agreement.
Khurshid, just back from his visit to Beijing, said the two sides had underlined
that the incidents like the recent incursion in Daulat Beg Oldi should not happen
and agreed that this issue should not come in way of improving ties. He told reporters
here that special representatives of India and China will meet in a couple of months
to discuss in detail the issues related to boundary.
"China has proposed sometime back a proposal for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement...We
have also given our suggestions," he said.
On the recent incursion by Chinese troops 19 km into Indian territory, he said, "we
did not do any post-mortem or aportion blame."
He expressed satisfaction that the mechanisms in place worked well to resolve the
stand off. On the contentious issues which could be raised during the visit of Chinese
premier Li Keqiang, he said, "there are no prickly issues, issues of major differences
which can be seen as obstacles."
He said MoUs would be signed during the Chinese premier's visit and some during Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh's subsequent visit to Beijing later this year.
"This is for the first time since 1954 that a two way visit by the two Prime Ministers
of the two countries in the same year," Khurshid said. PTI