'India has right to upgrade infrastructure along the border': Antony

Last Updated: Sat, May 11, 2013 15:00 hrs

Defence Minister A. K. Antony today said that India has right to develop infrastructure, facilities and capabilities on its own land.

"Our Army and Air Force are developing their capabilities in border areas only on our own land and this process will continue," he said.

The comments of the Defence Minister came a week after the Chinese Army withdrew from Raki Nalla in north Ladakh ending a 21-day face-off between the two countries

Antony, who was speaking to reporters after commissioning the first MiG- 29 K - supersonic fighter jets squadron into the Indian Navy at the INS Hansa in Goa, said :" It is the right of every country to develop infrastructure in their area. As China has the right to increase, improve and strengthen and other facilities on its land, India has the right to develop its own infrastructure in its area. Over the years the IAF and Army have increased capability on our land and that process will continue."

The Defence Minister said India and China would continue negotiations to find a solution to border issues.

On April 15, a Chinese platoon had set up camp about 19 kilometers inside India territory. Diplomacy between India and China yielded results following which Beijing agreed to pull out its troops from the Daulat Beg Oldi sector near the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

India had earlier asked China to maintain status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Daulat Beg Oldi, which is located in northernmost Ladakh, is a historic campsite. It is located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China. (ANI)

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