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Govt does not share view that China will attack India: PM

PM maintains policy of both countries is to work on issues through dialogue.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
December 14, 2011 12:22:07 pm

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today refuted views that China is planning to attack India and maintained that the policy of both countries is to engage in dialogue on border issues though there has not been much progress in recent times.

Singh assured the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that India’s borders with China “by and large remain peaceful”.

“Our government does not share the view that China plans to attack India,” Singh said.

The Prime Minister’s response came after Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed in the House that he has information that China has made preparations to attack India and has marked out areas near borders for this purpose. He said attacks were imminent. Yadav maintained the neighbouring country has also stopped flow of Brahmaputra water to India.

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The Prime Minister,however,maintained he had assurance from the highest quarters that China has not stopped the flow of Brahmaputra waters to India.

Singh accepted there were intrusions from China into areas which India considers to be a part of its territory. However,China differs from India’s claim on this issue.

“These matters are sorted out by the area commanders of the two countries,” Singh said.

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The Prime Minister stated India has followed the policy of engaging in dialogue and good relations with China and underlined the erstwhile NDA government had also continued with this policy.

India and China have been engaged in dialogue through its representatives on the border issue.

Singh said both countries had made some progress in talks in 2005 and thereafter,but in recent times not much progress has been made.

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First published on: 14-12-2011 at 12:22:07 pm

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