He said that the raising of the Mountain Strike Corps would significantly enhance India's capabilities on the Northern Front where the borders with China, he noted, remained "peaceful".

"As far as other borders are concerned, we are following the policy of constructive engagement (where) China is concerned," Singh told reporters during his annual media interaction here.

The Army Chief said that the confidence-building measures (CBMs) that are in place with China have been very "effective".

"We are also engaged in army-to-army exchanges which have enhanced mutual understanding over contentious issues," he added.

The raising of the Mountain Strike Corps is progressing as per laid-down timelines and Singh said that, "these efforts will significantly raise our capabilities on the Northern Front".

Talking about the infrastructure development, especially along the Northern and North-Eastern borders (with China), he said it "remains a priority to meet the large capability gap".

On issues revolving around the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, Gen. Singh said that "transgressions" will not occur once the matter of its demarcation was addressed.     

"The very fact that the Prime Minister has given suggested to China to clarify (on LAC) is a reflection that it is definitely the first step towards the resolution of the border dispute," he said.

"A clarification on the LAC is very important. It has been pending for years, it is time to start it again," Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping here last year.

Indian and Chinese troops had last year been locked in an over three-week long standoff in eastern Ladakh which had coincided with the Chinese President's visit.

The impasse ended following an understanding reached between India and China to carry out disengagement and redeployment of border troops in eastern Ladakh.

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