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India not lowering guard on border with China: Sitharaman

India will not lower its guard along the Line of Actual Control with China while maintaining border peace in sync with the “Wuhan” spirit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said.

Nearly a month after talks with her Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe, Sitharaman said both sides recognised that the broad decisions arrived at the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan should govern the management of the border.

“Absolutely”, she told agencies when asked whether India is still on guard and not lowering it despite the Wuhan sprit.

At the same time, she added that as defence minister of the country she was conscious of the fact that she will have to keep the border guards alert.

The defence minister also referred to Modi’s speech at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June, saying his views about the region was even welcomed by China.

In his address at the premier defence and strategic affairs conference, Modi said Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other’s interests.

Talking about the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Sitharaman said as it is not completely demarcated, there are differing perceptions about it by both sides.

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