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India concerned over provocative incursions by China, says Khurshid

‘Obviously, we are concerned about periodic steps that seem provocative or adverse to our interests,’ external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said.

‘But, of course, they (incursions) are occurring in the context of a different perception of what the Line of Control is and where it should be. The good news is that there hasn't been a casualty on the Chinese front for several years. There have been skirmishes and eyeball-to-eyeball confrontations, but no casualties’, he said.

He believed the border issues will eventually be settled and peace and stability between India and China will become stronger over time, Khurshid said in an interview to The Australian.

Responding to a question if India and China, by virtue of their size, proximity, contrasting political systems and diverging geo-strategic interests, were not destined to some extent to be strategic rivals, Khurshid said: ‘Yes, I think that's to some extent inevitable, although it's much more complex than that, of course. But we’d like to be rivals who are also partners, partners who are also rivals.’
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