Monday, November 14, 2011

India, China Seek To End Border Dispute: Antony

NEW DELHI - India and China are working on a new mechanism to resolve their longtime boundary dispute, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of Foundation Day activities at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) here Nov. 11, Antony said a new mechanism to help resolve the boundary dispute between the two countries will be finalized by the end of the year.
The border between India and China is the longest contested boundary in the world. China claims 92,000 square kilometers of Indian territory.
The border is currently defined by a 4,056-kilometer Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is marked neither on the ground nor on mutually accepted maps. Efforts to establish a recognized LAC have made little headway since the mid-1980s.
The two countries have been building up their militaries in light of perceived future threats. The two countries fought a brief war in 1962 over the boundary.
On Nov. 10, the Chinese media criticized Indian media reports of an Indian military buildup. The People's Daily, the official newspaper of China, reported that Beijing had taken note of the Indian Defence Ministry's proposal to raise about 100,000 troops.
Both India and China are bolstering their arsenals and building infrastructure at their common border.
China spends about $70 billion on weapons and equipment each year, while India has an annual defense budget of about $30 billion.

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