New Delhi, Oct 23: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Director General SS Deswal on Wednesday said as far as the guarding of 3488 KM long Indo- China border is concerned we have a friendly relation with China.
Addressing a annual press conference at ITBP headquarters here, Mr Deswal said in last two years, there was hardly any issue relating to face off with the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) while guarding the vast Line of Actual Control (LAC). At times, he said, both the Forces come to face to face at some pockets because of undefined border or not clearly demarcated border, but those situations have been resolved through a prescribed mechanism. ''This actually happens because of the perceptions of the both Forces about the border and whenever they face each other at some point during border patrol, they retreats immediately'', Mr Deswal said.
He also said,''The ITBP is guarding the long Himalayan border where temperature is on average at zero degree and guarding the border efficiently. The Force is mandated to guard Indian border crossing through this difficult terrain of Himalayas and the ‘Himveer’(ITBP Jawans) are doing it the best possible way'', the DG added. To avoid such face off, a proper communication mechanism have been evolved to deal with Chinese force and around 200 ITBP personnel have learnt ‘Mandarin’ language so that they can communicate with them, the ITBP chief said.
Apart from this, the border patrol party also keeps banners and placards written in the Chinese language which they display on such occasions. (UNI)