China: Sushma Swaraj criticises govt's attitude

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Mangalore, April 27: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday slammed the Centre's attitude on reports of incursions by Chinese troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Ladakh as "cavalier" and warned it could lead to a "1962-like situation". India was humiliated by the Chinese in the border war that year.

Swaraj, the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, told journalists here that she was deeply concerned about the reports of incursions and did not find the explanation given by Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid to be satisfactory. Swaraj is in Mangalore to campaign for the Karnataka assembly elections scheduled for May 5.

She added that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had deputed National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon to brief her but she found him sharing a very cavalier attitude on the matter as well.

Swaraj said there are 13 points on the border where India has problems with its neighbours but the entry of the Chinese forces deep into the Indian territory is an insensitive matter. She expressed worry that the situation could be like that of 1962 when the then Congress government was projecting a harmony between the two nations and suddenly discovered serious Chinese aggression.

The government, has preferred to play down the reports of alleged incursion by the Chinese and called for restraint to prevent the situation from snowballing into a major diplomatic row.

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