Tibet infrastructure improvement concerns Indian Army

July 3rd, 2008 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Indian Army Thursday said that China’s military modernization and improvement of infrastructure in the Tibet Autonomous Region was a matter of concern. “We need to take note of the likely implication of China’s military modernization, improvement of infrastructure in the Tibet Autonomous Region and other related issues, which could impact our security in the long term,” said army chief General Deepak Kapoor said during a lecture at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.

Acknowledging China’s might Kapoor said: “Our (India-China) mutual economic engagements and continued efforts to amicably resolve this boundary issue have ensured peace along the border.”

Speaking on “Changing Global Security Envirnoment with specific reference to our region and its impact on the Indian Army,” Kapoor detailed challenges faced by India due to varying forms of instability in the country’s immediate neighbourhood.

“The situation along our borders with China and Pakistan has witnessed periods of calm interspersed with hostilities. While there are other areas of concern that may pose threats to our security, the existing reality of borders issues will continue to remain an important factor in our consideration,’ Kapoor said.

Kapoor also took note of “fluid’ situation in Pakistan, where recent elections have restored a democratic polity.

“The biggest challenge faced by the Pakistan government is to moderate the largely radicalized sections,” Kapoor said.

Seeking a greater role for India in the changing geo-strategic world, Kapoor said: “The reality is that the five unelected yet permanent members of the Security Council need to share executive authority with new and emerging powers, India being amongst the most prominent.”

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