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Tibet infrastructure improvement concerns Indian Army

July 6, 2008

Thaindia (Thailand)
ICT by IANS
July 3, 2008

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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