India Proposes BDCA With China

India Proposes BDCA With China

11 May 2013
The Daily Excelsior


New Delhi: India has given a counter proposal to China for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid disclosed here today on his return from two-day visit to Bejing which took place in the backdrop of deep Chinese incursion in Ladakh. Khurshid also said, for the first time, China has shown “sensitivity” towards India’s demand for expanding mechanism to deal with issues pertaining to trans-border rivers. Noting that China has given a proposal for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), the Minister said India has also given a counter proposal and both countries were examining these proposals. “China has proposed sometime back a proposal for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement…We have also given our suggestions,” he said but did not give details of Indian proposal. He also clarified that the proposals were not meant to replace any existing ones. Under BDCA, China has proposed expansion of friendly contacts and more communication between the troops of the two sides on the ground which will help avoid any misunderstanding or flare-up along the LAC. On the recent incursion by Chinese troops in Daulat Beg Oldi sector, Khurshid who, on his first day of the visit in Beijing had said that he saw no reason to go into “details of hair splitting”, today asserted he “raised and flagged it and we said that we both need to do analysis of why it happened. “The analysis, then perhaps, can be converged and shared and then we all will have a better idea. And while all this is going on, we can improve our attempts and our ability to resolve the bigger issue, the larger issue which we finally have to resolve” he said adding “we did not do any post- mortem and we were not apportioning blame.” He also said Special Representatives of India and China will meet in a couple of months for 16th round to discuss in detail the issues related to the boundary. He said India also flagged the need to expand or set up a separate mechanism to deal with issues pertaining to trans- border rivers. For the first time, India has seen some “movement” with China assuring that it was committed to ensuring that India’s rights were not harmed, he said. Asked if after his visit to Beijing, he still felt the Chinese incursion was “localised” as was described by India, Khurshid said the view remains the same as it was localised both in “concept as well as in physical attributes”. Meanwhile, against the backdrop of Chinese recent incursion in Ladakh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said the two countries are working on a new Border Defence Cooperation Agreement. Khurshid, just back from his visit to Beijing, said the two sides had underlined that the incidents like the recent incursion in Daulat Beg Oldi should not happen and agreed that this issue should not come in way of improving ties. He told reporters here that special representatives of India and China will meet in a couple of months to discuss in detail the issues related to boundary. “China has proposed sometime back a proposal for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement…We have also given our suggestions,” he said. On the recent incursion by Chinese troops 19 km into Indian territory, he said, “we did not do any post-mortem or aportion blame.” He expressed satisfaction that the mechanisms in place worked well to resolve the stand off. On the contentious issues which could be raised during the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang, he said, “there are no prickly issues, issues of major differences which can be seen as obstacles.” He said MoUs would be signed during the Chinese premier’s visit and some during Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s subsequent visit to Beijing later this year. “This is for the first time since 1954 that a two way visit by the two Prime Ministers of the two countries in the same year,” Khurshid said.