Under attack over its China policy, government today said in the Lok Sabha that conflict is no solution to resolving the differences over boundary and other issues with it and expressed the hope that disputes would be sorted out through dialogue, the "best way forward".
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said India wants good neighbourly relations with China and tries to "defuse" issues relating to Chinese military incursions as it does not want to "enlarge the differences" into major differences.
"We are fully cognizant of the need to protect and secure our borders so that there is no erosion of our sovereignty," he said replying to a short-duration debate on Sino-India relations during which members raised concern over Chinese military incursions, lack of adequate border infrastructure and recent provocative actions by Beijing.
He said infrastructure along the border with China is being strengthened and it will see momentum in coming months.
Underlining that there was a vast difference between India of 1962 and of 2009, Krishna said "India has undergone a sea change. India is strong in every aspect of the term."
Rejecting the opposition parties' charge of having a soft policy towards China, he said "we cannot be brow-beaten by anybody. We are in a position to tackle however powerful the enemy is."
At the same time, he said, "conflict is not a solution and dialogue is the best way forward" and "differences can only be resolved peacefully."