India not paranoid about China: Antony

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New Delhi, May 12: Defence minister A K Antony said on Wednesday, May 12, that India is not paranoid about China and added that Sino-Indian bilateral relations were improving, irrespective of the border issue.

"Nothing like that," Antony said in response to whether the government was paranoid over China and if there were any issues with regard to Beijing.

He said that government is making a concious effort to maintain "very cordial and friendly" relations with all the neighbours.

"In this context, we are trying to improve our relations with all our neighbouring countries and this includes China also. All are reciprocating well," he said.

The Defence Minister said that despite having border issues, the two governments have come up with a mechanism to discuss about these disputes.

"Despite these disputes, our relations are improving (with China) in all aspects. China is today our largest trading partner. Our cultural relations are improving.

"Regarding my ministry, disputes are there, but military relations are improving," he said refering to the two Sino-Indian army exercises held in the last three years and  defence secretary Pradeep Kumar's visit to China in early 2010.

"Our relations with China is improving and it is comparatively better and the border is peaceful," he said.

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