Parrikar terms Chinese intrusions as an ‘annual affair’

By: OneIndia Defence Desk
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Bengaluru, June 17: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was in his elements today while interacting with the media.

Addressing a press conference, after the first official flight of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's (HAL) Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40), Parrikar had the media into splits on many occasions.

Manohar Parrikar

When asked about the recent Chinese intrusion into the Indian territory, Parrikar said: "I think it is an annual affair now. The transgression area is an issue. But the situation has come down when compared to past."

The minister said the talks between both sides have increased and the commander-level interaction on border is helping to resolve the issue. "We've pushed them back every time they came in," the minister said.

To another query on the heightened terrorist strikes in the Valley, the minister said in the last two days alone, the security forces have neutralized two infiltration bids.

"The ratio is 1:4.4 (for every soldier martyred more than 4 terrorists are killed). But I do not want even one jawan to die and our efforts are in that direction. The issue escalates during winter season," Parrikar said.

To a query on the proposed Joint Commands, the minister said that he was awaiting a report from a committee headed by a Lieutenant General rank officer.

"The question is whether we need so many commands. India has 17 commands and China has only six. We will take a call after the report is submitted," he added.

On Aero India-2017, the minister said it will be held at Bengaluru only, setting aside the speculations that it will be shifted to Goa. On Rafale deal, Parrikar said it is proceeding on the expected lines.

He said the Tejas Squadron formation will be held in July with three aircraft set to be inducted.

On DTTI (Defence Technology and Trade Initiative), the minister said talks are moving in the right direction with aircraft carrier technologies being discussed currently.

When quizzed on the same topic again, the minister said: "You cannot expect me to be a walking encyclopedia."

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