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Don't provoke China with new trouble: PLA General warns India

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Thu, Jul 04, 2013 13:12 hrs

Beijing: Hours before the arrival of Defence Minister A K Antony here for high-level talks, a hawkish Chinese General today warned India against provoking "new trouble" by increasing its military deployment at the border.

"There is no denying that there are tensions and problems between China and India particularly at the border areas," Major General Luo Yuan, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of China Strategy Culture Promotion Association, said.

"There is still problem of 90,000 sq km of territory still occupied by the Indian side. These are the problems left over from history and we should look at it with cool head," he said while talking to foreign correspondents here.

He was replying to a question about People's Liberation Army's (PLA) views on India-China relations in the backdrop of Antony's visit starting from tonight.

"The Indian side should not provoke new problems and increase the military deployment at the border areas and start new trouble," General Luo, known for his hawkish and extreme views on China's strategic and military relations with its neighbours and the US, said.

India is the only country in the world which says it is developing military power due to China's threat, he said adding that "India should be cautious about what it says and what it does".

Luo's 90,000 sq km remark referred to China's claim to Arunachal Pradesh which it calls as Southern Tibet.

India asserts that the border dispute covered 4,000 km along Line Actual Control (LAC), while China states that the dispute was confined to 2,000 km that is Arunachal Pradesh.

The two sides held their last boundary talks on June 28.

Antony is the first Indian Defence Minister in seven years to visit China. He will have formal talks with his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan here tomorrow.

"Both ministers are expected to discuss a number of issues, including those related to maintenance of peace and tranquillity on the border... and matters relating to regional and global security," the Defence ministry said in a statement in Delhi.

Antony is expected to call on Premier Li Keqiang besides visiting a military unit and a command centre during the three-day visit, official sources told PTI here. (MORE)




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