Reacting to concerns raised by a top Indian army official over growing Chinese influence along not just India – China border but also India Pakistan border, the Indian minister for external affairs S M Krishna has said the government is closely “monitoring” developments along its borders to secure the Indian people’s safety.
Speaking earlier in Jammu, Northern Army Command chief, Lt-General KT Parnaik had said the growing Chinese presence would not only be a matter of concern along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China but it could well extend to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan as ties between China and Pakistan grow.
“We have seen media reports on the subject. Government closely and regularly monitors all developments along our borders which can have a bearing on our security,” Krishna told media-persons in New Delhi.
“We continuously review and take all measures necessary to ensure the safety and security of our people, as well as the territorial integrity of the nation,” he added.
Krishna called the growing cooperation between China and Pakistan in the military and infrastructural sectors a “serious” situation for India, adding that the army was debating and evaluating the entire scenario.
This latest development comes as the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will head for China on an official visit next week. Singh will hold multi-lateral and bilateral meetings with the Chinese leadership.