Doval also said that while India's relations with China 'are looking up' there was a need to remain at a 'very very high alert'.
     
Delivering the annual K F Rustamji lecture, Doval, who leads the Indian side at the talks of Special Representatives with China, also dwelt on China's emergence as world's economic power and its relations with Pakistan.

Doval, a former Intelligence Bureau Chief, said "...we might have to see China border in a different way once the boundary is settled....

"We have got 3,488-km long border, a very difficult and mountainous terrain snow-clad... now for the bilateral relations with China, border is the critical and vital issue," he said speaking on the topic 'Challenges of Securing India’s Borders; Strategising the Response’.

He said all advancement made in the "relationship" with China gets centred around and becomes important on settlement of the border.

The comments by Doval came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to China asked Beijing to "reconsider its approach on some issues that hold us back", an apparent reference to the long-pending boundary issue.

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