Pakistan-China military nexus an area of serious concern: Antony

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said the nexus between China and Pakistan in the military sphere is an area of serious concern.

Delivering the Presidential address at the 44th Foundation Day Celebrations of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) here, Antony said we have to carry out a continuous appraisal of Chinese military capability.

He hoped that China would reciprocate India's trust-building initiatives.

"We are hopeful that China will reciprocate the initiatives aimed at mutual trust-building and understanding. We have to carry out continuous appraisals of Chinese military capabilities and shape our responses accordingly. At the same time, we need to be vigilant at all times," he said.

Antony said Pakistan is yet to demonstrate willingness to take speedy action against terrorists and international criminals.

"Pakistan must put an end to terror activities emanating from its soil. However, the terror infrastructure on the ground remains intact - and is actually thriving," he added.

He further said we have taken several steps for enhancing the capacity-building of our Armed Forces to meet new and varied challenges. However, we will remain steadfast in our pursuit of regional and global peace.

"It is here that a committed pool of strategic thinkers and policy analysts need to undertake quality research. We will need high-quality research papers and studies of on a wide array of subjects to counter information or misinformation campaigns," he said.

"The role of organisations like IDSA in providing such qualitative inputs to assist policy formulation can never be underestimated," he added.(ANI)

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