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India to seek 'openness' in China's defence policy

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China, in its White Paper, has stated that it intends to develop strategic missiles along with space-based assets

NEW DELHI (PTI): India has said it will seek “greater transparency and openness” in China's defence policy in the backdrop of its fast growing military prowess.

“India will engage China to seek greater transparency and openness in defence policy and posture, while taking all necessary measures to protect its national security, territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the Defence Ministry's Annual Report for 2008-09 said.

Noting that Chinese defence expenditure had grown to double digits over the last two decades, the report, which was released here on Thursday, pointed out China's 2008 White Paper on Defence that outlined its policy on developing strategic missiles, space-based assets and blue-water naval capabilities.

“China's stated objectives, in their White Paper, of developing strategic missile and space-based assets and of rapidly enhancing its blue-water navy to conduct operations in distant waters, as well as the systematic upgrading of infrastructure, reconnaissance and surveillance, quick response and operational capabilities in the border areas, will have an effect on the overall military environment in the neighbourhood of India,” the report said.

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