NEW DELHI, Jan 13 � Observing that India and China have variation in perception of LAC in some areas, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh said if the LAC gets demarcated, there would be no possibility of face-offs and transgressions.
The Chief of Army Staff, who was addressing the annual press conference ahead of Army Day, said Indian and Chinese troops patrol according to their perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), leading to the possibility of transgression and face-offs in some areas.
Asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed to the Chinese leadership about demarcating the LAC, he said such a move will definitely help in resolving the border problem between the two countries.
He said the Prime Minister giving the suggestion was �itself a reflection (that) this is the first step towards resolution of border dispute.�
�No doubt, unless LAC gets demarcated, there cannot be progress further in resolving the question of boundary,� he said.
General Singh said if the LAC gets demarcated, there would be no possibility of face-offs and transgressions. �Demarcation is definitely going to help in resolving the problem,� he said. He also said that the new mountain strike corps would enhance the Army�s capabilities.
In his opening remarks, the Army Chief said: �Our borders with China remain peaceful as we pursue a policy of constructive engagement. Our confidence building measures (CBMs) have become more effective over time. Increased army-to-army exchanges have improved our mutual understanding over contentious issues.�
In the North-East, the Army remains committed to complementing the development initiatives of the Government through people-friendly operations.
�Our threats and challenges continue to grow in intensity and commitment with our borders is increasingly becoming more active. Ensuring territorial integrity demands the highest levels of dedication and alertness round the clock,� the Army Chief said in regard to the overall scenario.