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Repeated incursions by China won’t be overlooked: Rajnath

Says different perception of boundary, China should talk if it thinks border disputed.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi |
September 21, 2014 2:23:13 am

Even as the government builds closer and stronger ties with China, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the issue of repeated incursions by the Chinese troops inside Indian territory would not be overlooked.

“Koi aayega doosre desh ka to rokenge nahin (Won’t we stop someone from another country from entering India)?” Singh asked, during an interview with The Sunday Express.

The Home Minister said the Indian government was looking forward to an end to the boundary dispute with China and “wanted to take a final decision on it”.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the border dispute between the two countries and it should be resolved soon,” he said.

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The government in the past always maintained a “status quo” and said transgressions by China were due to “difference in perception of the boundary.”

As reported earlier by this newspaper, security forces deployed along the LAC have been instructed to “interdict” Chinese troops in all disputed regions, which explained the rise in number of “stand-offs” over the past three months with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Asked whether the government was coming out with a new policy to address the issue of boundary dispute, Singh said, “If China thinks it is a disputed border, then they should sit with India and talk. What mechanism has to be adopted, whether night patrolling or something else, things will get clear only through mutual dialogue.”

While Modi was hosting the Chinese President in Delhi, Singh was on a three-day tour to Nepal to attend the Saarc summit where he raised the issue of anti-India propaganda by Chinese community radio stations in the Terai region of Nepal.

Singh said the government not drag its feet on the boundary dispute. The minister said they would not shy away from initiating dialogue with China. “When the border issue is taken up with China we should ask them what they want and how they want it? There should be a final decision on it. Border security ke liye jo kuch bhi humko karna hai humlog karenge. Border security jaise sensitive issue ko leke hum kisi ki prateeksha nahin karenge. (We would not sit and wait for an invitation to start talks on a sensitive issue like this).”

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