Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that India has “honest intentions” for an amicable resolution of the border dispute with China and has asked it to come forward to end the differences.
“There is a perceptional difference along the Sino-Indian border. China says here is the border. We say no, here is the border. We have been trying to resolve the border problem. China should come forward. India wants a peaceful resolution of all disputes,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said after inaugurating a battalion camp of border guarding force ITBP.
Singh, who flew down from Delhi for the event, said, India never had any territorial ambitions and his government wants resolution of “perceptional differences” on this frontier.
“We are not expansionist. India’s history says that we have never been expansionist. We have never attacked any country. We are worshippers of peace. China should understand this. We want to resolve all issues with honesty (imaandari ke saath),” he said.
The Home Minister said his ministry has already approved 35 new border posts for the troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force, the designated security force at this frontier.
Twenty-two border posts are going to function soon while on 13 others works is on, he said.
He also referred to the recent visit of US President Barack Obama to India to say that the country wants better relations with every nation in the world and especially its immediate neighbours.
“US President had come to India. We want to improve relations with America and other countries. Equally, we want to improve relations with our neighbouring countries. India always believes that the whole world is a family. We believe that neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan all are part of our family. We want to maintain good relations with all our neighbouring countries as well as rest of the world,” he said.
Replying to questions on the side-lines of the event, Singh said India had no problems with the increasing cooperation and friendship between its two neighbours– Pakistan and China.
“We have no issues. Let them improve their relations. India wants to improve its relations with all neighbouring countries,” he said.
He refused to comment on the recent charge sheet filed by NIA in the case of a Kashmiri resident Liyaqat Shah where the agency has accused Delhi Police’s Special Cell of framing him as a terrorist.
“I don’t want to comment. It is a sub-judice matter,” he said.