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China aiming to weaken India: Khandu
Published on 21 Sep. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today asserted his conviction that China would never engage in a war with India, despite more than 250 incursions by the neighbouring Asian giant into Indian territory over the last two years. ‘’China cannot afford to go for a war with us. China’s sole intention is to make India weak on all fronts and prove itself as an economic superpower in the region,’’ Mr Khandu said while interacting with media here this morning. Mr Khandu said he believed that China’s policy was to force India to increase its defence expenditure at the cost of the economy. ‘’The more the defence expenditure, the less will be the expenditure on the developmental front. They want to weaken India through this game of psychological warfare,’’ he added. In this regard, India should take up the challenge on the economic front, the Chief Minister opined. ‘’At the moment, we should give topmost priority to rapid economic and infrastructure development in the border areas,’’ he said. Refuting BJP’s claims that the UPA government had shown a ‘slow response’ to the Chinese challenge, Mr Khandu lamented that development activities on the Indian side of the border were still quite poor. ‘’While China has developed two-lane roads right up to the McMahon Line, we do not even have porter tracks in most of the border areas on our side. Absence of motorable roads has not only affected the people living there, but will also hamper movement of troops in the event of real trouble,’’ he said. Propagation of Chinese television, radio and telecommunication channels into the Indian side has also made impact upon the Indian people residing in the border areas, Khandu pointed out. ‘’Our BSNL network is also very poor in the border areas,’’ he said and called upon the Centre to recruit more local people in the Army for deployment in the border areas. ‘’Having local people in the Army will help strengthen the intelligence network by cutting across language barriers,’’ he added. According to UNI report, on the proposed visit of spiritual guru the Dalai Lama to the state in November and subsequent opposition by China, Mr Khandu said the neighbouring nation has no business to interfere or raise questions about the movement of the Dalai Lama in India. ‘’The Dalai Lama can freely move anywhere in India. China has no business or right to object or raise fingers. The Government of India has permitted him to visit Tawang, and the matter ends there,’’ Mr Khandu said.

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