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India, China joint mechanism soon on border issues: Antony

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 28, IRNA -- India will establish a joint mechanism with China in the next few months to resolve border issues while taking steps to modernise its military infrastructure in the face of Beijing 'aggressively' Defence Minister A K Antony said today.

'There was an incident (of incursion) like that a few months back and we have conveyed our concerns to them.... Of late, we have taken a step to constitute a mechanism to tackle these issues in the border. I am hopeful that with this mechanism, which will come in a few months, things will improve,' the Minister told reporters here.

He was asked about India's response to incursions by Chinese troops in Ladakh a few months back at a press meet after the Coast Guard Commanders' Conference at its headquarters.

The decision to have a joint mechanism was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Hu Jintao at Sanya in China in April, pti reported. The mechanism will explore areas of cooperation in border areas like border trade and movement.

The Minister said the proposed mechanism will comprise of all stakeholders including the 'military and paramilitary elements and will be coordinated by the External Affairs Ministry.'

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30584250

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