China advances: Not alarming, says NSA

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 20, 2009 23:42 IST

Chinese incursions into the Indian territory have not shown a remarkable or worrying increase, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said on Sunday.

“Recent incursions from the Chinese side have been in areas viewed as disputed by one side or an another. Occasionally, the inroads have been a little deeper than what they have been in the past. But there is nothing alarming,” Narayanan said in an interview to CNN-IBN.

Speaking to Karan Thapar on the “Devil’s Advocate” programme, Narayan said India was conscious and careful about avoiding a “1962-like” situation with China, but that there was no sense of hesitation or fear while dealing with China.

He described the controversy regarding the incursions as a case of media “over-hype”.

The NSA, however, acknowledged to differences of opinion in the Indian establishment as regards to the China policy.

“There are always differences — within the army, the external affairs ministry and the home ministry. That is why you have a China Study Group, which looks into all aspects,” he said.

Speaking on Pakistan, the NSA said there remained a big question mark as regards that country’s stand on terrorism.

“Unless Pakistan is willing to take action ... their commitment to bring the Mumbai accused to justice is all rhetoric”, he said.


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