In a Lok Sabha(Lower House of Indian Parliament) debate on (6 September, 2013) border dispute between India and China, the then Union Defence Minister AK Antony said: I have no hesitation in admitting the reality. China is much advanced in the area of building infrastructure in comparison to India. Their infrastructure development is superior to India. We are only catching them. That is also a history. What is it? The independent India had a policy for many years that the best defence is not to develop the border. Undeveloped borders are safer than
developed borders. So, for many years, there was no construction of roads or air fields on the border areas. By that time, China continued to develop their infrastructure in the border areas. So, as a result, they have now gone ahead of us. Compared to us, infrastructure-wise, capability-wise in the border areas, they are ahead; I admit that. It is a part of history.”
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