“The settlement of the border issue is ‘critical’ for India-China ties,” said National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Friday.
Speaking at a Border Security Force (BSF) function, Doval expressed his concern over the McMahon line that passes over Tawang region in India.
“We have got 3,488-km long border, a very difficult and mountainous terrain snow-clad. Now for the bilateral relations with China, border is the critical and vital issue,” Doval said during the event.
He mentioned that though Modi’s visit will improve the friendly relation with China, but there should be no negotiation regarding the border issues.
“We are particularly concerned about the Eastern sector where the claims have been made on Tawang (in Arunachal Pradesh) which is totally in contravention of accepted principles,” Doval said. He also said that China was ready to accept the McMohan Line on its border settlement with Myanmar but not with India, calling it an act of hypocrisy.
“The fact is that there is settled population in these areas particularly in Tawang and other areas which have been participating in the national mainstream all through,” said Doval.
“So, these are the ticklish issues. But these ticklish issues have to be talked about, deliberated and worked out,” he said, adding that there was a need for working out a “larger plan for tackling China.”
Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, India is currently completely free of coronavirus infection. Coronavirus infection was confirmed among 3 students from Kerala among Indian citizens present inside the country, but now all three students are completely healthy and have been discharged from hospital.
Screening for identification of coronavirus is going on in India on a large scale, but at present no other person has been found to be suffering from this disease in the screening of coronavirus. Significantly, more than two thousand people have died due to coronavirus in China and about 75,000 people are suffering from this disease.
The Union Health Ministry says that after thermal screening of millions of people, samples of a total of 2,654 people went for further investigation on the basis of suspicion. Out of these 2,654 people, only three people from Kerala, who were found to be suffering from coronavirus, are now completely healthy.
Examining the remaining 2,651 people, they have been found to be completely safe from coronavirus. The test has been conducted at high-efficiency laboratories in Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that “India had begun its preparations for timely rescue of coronavirus. As many as 3,21,375 passengers of 2,296 aircraft have been screened. Also, 6,387 passengers of 125 ships have also been screened. None of these people are affected by the coronavirus”.
All 647 Indian nationals based in the ITBP’s Delhi and Manesar camp of the Indian Army have also been sent home on suspicion of coronavirus. All these Indians have been brought to India from Wuhan city of China. Significantly, Wuhan is the only city in China where coronavirus outbreak has spread the most. Wuhan city of China has been completely closed for about 1 month. However, none of these Indians, who have been lodged in the ITBP camp, have been found to be suffering from coronavirus infection.
All these 647 suspects have spent more than 2 weeks in the Chawla camp of ITBP in outer Delhi. All the people living in the camp have been issued health certificate by the Ministry of Health.
All the Indians from China were regularly examined in these camps. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “Investigation has revealed that none of these Indians are affected by the coronavirus”.
The coronavirus infection that started in China’s Wuhan city has now spread to 30 different states of China. Wuhan is the only state in China where most Indian students and other citizens are stranded. Most of the Indians returning home from China are students. (IANS)