We have to accept China superior to us in border infrastructure: Antony

'We have to accept that China is way superior to us in terms of infrastructure... China is better positioned than India, I admit. But if it is a mistake it is a mistake by all of us,' Antony said.

FP Staff September 06, 2013 18:52:22 IST
We have to accept China superior to us in border infrastructure: Antony

Defence Minister AK Antony today told the Rajya Sabha that China was more powerful than India in terms of infrastructure along the border since they began improving it a long time back.

"We have to accept that China is way superior to us in terms of infrastructure... China is better positioned than India, I admit. But if it is a mistake it is a mistake by all of us," Antony said.

We have to accept China superior to us in border infrastructure Antony

AK Antony in Parliament. PTI

In the backdrop of Chinese incursions into Indian territory earlier this year, Antony said, "Unlike in the past India is catching up with China. That is why every year we are complaining of incursions. China has also complained of incursions by India. But incursions aren't permanent."

Assuring Parliament that India's borders were safe, Antony said, "We are clear that on one side we will improve relations with China, but we will also increase border capabilities to protect our country."

"We will continue to strengthen our border capabilities and our armed forces. We will do everything possible to protect country," Antony said.

The Defence Minister also denied that Shyam Saran in the National Security Advisory Board report to the had said that China had occupied 640 square kilometres of area on the LAC in Ladakh in the past few months.

"Shyam Saran has categorically denied that he said any such thing in his report to the PMO. There not a single word about Chinese army occupying Indian land in his report," Antony said.

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