New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday refuted views that China is planning to attack India and maintained that the policy of both the countries is to engage in dialogue on the border issues though there has not been much progress in recent times. Centre eyes on Chinese work in border areas
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 the borders for this purpose. He said the attacks were imminent.
Yadav maintained that the neighbouring country has also stopped flow of Brahmaputra river water to India.
The Prime Minister, however, maintained that he had assurance from the highest quarters that China has not stopped flow of Brahmaputra waters to India.
Singh accepted that 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.
The Prime Minister stated that India has followed the policy of engaging in dialogue and good relations with China and underlined that 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 has been made.
New Delhi: Government on Wednesday said that special attention is being paid to Chinese infrastructure development in border regions and necessary steps have been taken to address national security concerns through development of rail, roads and air fields in such areas.
"Government is aware that China is developing infrastructure in border regions opposite India in Tibet and Xinjinag Autonomous Region. This includes Qinghai-Tibet railway line with proposed extension upto Xigaze and Nyingchi and development of road and airport facilities," Defence Minister A K Antony told the Rajya Sabha.
He was replying to a question on Chinese construction works along the borders and the steps taken by government to meet security challenges there.
In his written reply, Antony said, "Government is giving careful and special attention to development of infrastructure in border areas opposite China in order to meet our strategic and security requirements and to facilitate economic development of these areas."
Maintaining that all developments having a bearing on India's security are under constant watch, Antony said attention is paid for developing infrastructure in the states sharing a border with China.
"This includes the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh," he said, adding, "Security concerns are adequately addressed through development of rail, roads and forward air fields as well as the operational capabilities of the armed forces."
Replying to a query on installation of mountain radars along the LAC, he said, "Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped with various radars including High Power Radars and Low Level Transportable Radars for providing surveillance in the mountainous regions."
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday refuted views that China is planning to attack India and maintained that the policy of both the countries is to engage in dialogue on the border issues though there has not been much progress in recent times.
Centre eyes on Chinese work in border areas