The ‘unfortunate face-offs’ between Indian and Chinese armies take place due to difference in perception about the Line of Actual Control (LAC), he told reporters in Hindon after formally inducting the heavy-lift C-17 transport aircraft into the Indian Air Force (IAF).
    
Antony said that efforts are being made to have ‘more understanding between the both militaries. Apart from diplomatic channels, the Defence Minister said that they are trying to have a better understanding between the armed forces of both nations.’
    
Besides having a greater number of border personnel meetings, there are several other CBM proposals between both armies, he said.
    
Some steps have already been taken and a few more will be taken in future while negotiations are on to have a ‘more practical and effective mechanism to prevent such type of unfortunate incidents, the Minister said.
    
The Army, he said, is ‘free’ and it handles such incursion incidents effectively whenever they take place. He was replying to questions on the incidents of face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC and a recent video footage, which surfaced in that regard.
    
"As long as border issue is unsettled, there is a possibility of both sides going to the areas of their perception of the LAC. Even though the border is uncertain, there is understanding but there are more than a dozen disputed sites along the border," he said.

(Agencies)

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