News Delhi: External affairs minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said that India expects China “to be sensitive to our core concerns.”
“That is how relationships are built, relations are nurtured. So we are asking China to respect our sensitivities like on Arunachal Pradesh and other issues,” he said at a media interaction session.
Krishna added that China had “always maintained neutrality as far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. So we hope they will continue to maintain that position.”
The minister said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will discuss the issue of Chinese assertiveness in the region during US President Barack Obama’s scheduled India visit in November.
Krishna also said there would be status quo in defence exchanges between China and India, which were suspended after China denied a visa to a senior Indian army commander.
Separately, India’s army chief V.K. Singh on Friday said terrorist infrastructure on India’s western borders and China’s military might were causes of concern.
“We have two irritants,” Singh said referring to Pakistan and China.
“In Pakistan, where there is a problem of governance, there is certain amount of support that is being given to some terrorists and the internal situation is not very good,” he said at a seminar in the capital.
Singh also said although China and India “have a very stable border, yet we have a border dispute. And, therefore, the intentions need to be looked at along with this additional capability that is coming out. It impacts the way we will task our army and the role that we will give to it, so that it can do the task that the nation wants.”
“A country’s military set up looks at the entire threat perception and responds to it,” air chief P.V. Naik said on the sidelines of another event on Friday.
On foreign direct investment in defence, Naik said the issue should be looked at “on a case-to-case basis.”
“The private sector can have a very large leverage on the defence sector,” he said. “Both the public sector and the private sector have to collectively identify and develop future technologies.”