Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu has said that India must be fully ready to defend its borders in the Northeastern region while striving for betterment of bilateral ties with China in trade and other sectors, said reports.
“Border issues are dealt with by the central government. As chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, I would like the central government to be in all preparedness on the borders, while striving for improving bilateral trade and relations to the benefit of both,” Khandu was quoted as saying by ‘Indian Express’.
“We should always rely on our strength and take all steps to defend our borders without depending on anybody, no matter how good the relations in other fronts are,” he said in reply to a question.
“I can only say that another war between the two Asian giants will affect the economies of both. Instead, both should cooperate to sustain their fast growing economies.”
He was expressing his views about the bilateral ties between the two countries when asked if India and China leading a joint block with Brazil and South Africa against the developed countries at the recent Copenhagen meet on climate change has brought both the two a step closer to an early solution to the border dispute, especially in Arunachal Pradesh.
The chief minister said that land for eight Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) lying unused for long has been handed over to the Defence ministry for free under an MoU signed last year with the stipulation that they will be used both by military and civil aircraft.
The state government has also sent a proposal for construction of another ALG in the Buddhist town of Tawang, which attracts 9000 tourists every year besides being an important border town from the defence point of view.
The process for allotment of land for accommodation of the proposed deployment of two more divisions of army were also on.