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Perceptional differences over India-China border: Rajnath Singh

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Mechanism in place to prevent escalation: Defence Minister

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha that there are “perceptional differences” between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the border issues but the two countries have a mechanism that prevents any escalation of conflict.

Mr. Singh also asserted that India’s armed forces are vigilant and the borders are fully secured.

“Our borders are secured and forces are fully alert,” Mr. Singh said in response to a query from Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Mr. Chowdhury said India has not been as aggressive with China as it has been with Pakistan.

“Pakistan gives protection to terror groups and China gives protection to Pakistan,” said Mr. Chowdhury, who raised the issue in the wake of a Chinese vessel being spotted in India’s exclusive economic zone in the Andaman sea.

‘No need for concern’

The Congress leader also cited how BJP MP from Arunachal Tapir Gao, had on an earlier occasion, claimed that Chinese troops had come several kilometres inside the State’s territory.

“I want to reassure that there is no need for any concern regarding the security of our borders. I have said earlier as well that there are perceptional differences with regard to LAC between the two countries,” Mr. Singh said.

“Sometimes the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] comes inside but I would also like to state that our troops also go to their side,” the Minister added.

The Defence Minister said that whenever a situation of confrontation arises, Armies of the two countries handle it in a very “mature” way.

He said there are established mechanisms like personal meetings between the local commanders of the Indian and Chinese troops, flag meetings ass well long term diplomatic efforts.

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