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Indian Army Chief reassures border with China is safe

Jaipur, Wed, 23 Sep 2009 ANI

Jaipur, Sep 23 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor reassured on Wednesday that the country's border with China is secure.


Recent reports in Indian media said the Chinese troops breached the international border earlier this year in northern Ladakh region and painted 'China' on some boulders and rocks.


Reports said the Chinese troops had entered nearly 1.5 kilometres into the Indian territory near Mount Gaya, which is recognised as an international border by both India and China.


The red markings were found around 1.5 to 1.7 kilometres inside the Indian territory.


"The Indian borders are extremely safe. There is nothing to worry that should concern any normal citizen of the country. We are fully alive to any challenges that we may face at any point and there is nothing to worry about," said General Kapoor on the sidelines of a function in Jaipur city.


China has also denied any border incursions by its troops, and blamed Indian media of trying to stoke tensions.


"The number of transgression is exactly at the same level in comparison to last year and media should not go on overdrive on this sensitive issue. We have a proper mechanism to resolve these incursion issues whenever a violation takes place," General Kapoor said.


China lays claim to 90,000 sq km of land on the eastern sector of the border in Arunachal Pradesh, earlier known as NEFA (North Eastern Frontier Agency). (ANI)


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