Country’s border security in safe hands, says India
NEW DELHI: Amid continuing standoff on the borders,
India on Tuesday said engagements with China were underway at “different levels
and different places” and made it clear that the country’s border security was
in safe hands.
India’s response came a day after Chinese President Xi
Jinping asked the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be combat ready to win a “regional
war”. The Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry also said that quite
diplomacy was at works to address these incidents “expeditiously” following
meeting between Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Following up on the meeting of the two leaders,
diplomacy is underway, we are addressing those issues expeditiously, quietly,
and at various levels in different places,” he said.
Asked about the continued standoff in Chumar and
Demchok, the Spokesperson did not give a direct reply and only said that border
issues are best handled by those who are placed there. “I will not get into the
details of what the situation on border is because they are best placed to
respond to it.”
Asked about Xi’s comments, he parried a direct answer,
saying, “We are confident that our border security is in hands which will
ensure our safety and security.”
Replying to another question, he said both Modi and Xi
had acknowledged that the border issue should be addressed expeditiously. “As
far as we are concerned that when the President of China was here, the Prime
Minister and the President had discussions on a whole array of issues and they
assessed that the relationship they need to take it forward. They also
acknowledged that there are issues that need to be addressed, need to be
addressed expeditiously,” he said.
Asked about allegations that a handout out distributed
showing Arunachal Pradesh as a disputed territory during signing of MoUs with
China in Ahmedabad during Xi’s visit, the Spokesperson said there was no
incorrect cartographic depiction in any events where Modi was present.
“There was no incorrect cartographic depiction in any
events where the Prime Minister was present. The MoU that was signed did not
have any map. Now what you are saying is about events after the Prime Minister
left. That is not for me to comment about except to say that it is important to
get the cartographic depiction of our maps correct,” he said.
On cancellation of a media event involving Chinese
journalists on issues relating to grant of visa, he said it was a private
initiative and there were procedural issues about it. “My understanding is that
organisers of that conference have been requested if they could have it at a
slightly delayed time so that the procedures could be completed... There is no
intention for us to stop any interaction,” he said.