原文标题：Antony in Singapore, says India is concerned over China’s military spending
NEW DELHI: Defence minister A K Antony on Saturday expressed concern over China’s high and opaque defence spending which touched $106 billion this year.
At the Asia security meet in Singapore, India’s defence minister A K Antony conveyed the apprehension in reply to questions from participants after delivering a lecture on maritime freedoms.
“It’s a matter of concern,” Antony was quoted as having said by ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar over phone. Kar is accompanying the minister.
“India is also building its capabilities to protect its national interests,” Antony said.
South China Sea
India on Saturday called for freedom of navigation though the South China Sea where Beijing has territorial disputes with other countries. Defence Minister A.K. Antony made the demand at the 11th Asia security meet organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore. He said as countries seek to bolster their capabilities to respond to perceived challenges in the maritime domain, there was also a need to avoid conflicts and build consensus.
Referring to disputes in the South China Sea, where China is locked in territorial disputes with other countries, Antony said India welcomed the efforts of the parties concerned in engaging in discussions.
“New Delhi has also welcomed the recently agreed guidelines on the implementation of the 2002 Declaration of the conduct of parties between China and the Asean. We hope the issues will be resolved through dialogue and negotiations,” he said.
India’s entry into Vietnam’s oil exploration business in South China Sea was seen adversely by China, which objected to Indian warships entering the waters. Outlining India’s security concerns, Antony said it was intimately tied to the security and prosperity of the extended Indian Ocean Region, which also includes the Asia Pacific region.
He said contentious issues relating to maritime domain should be resolved through dialogue, consensus building and within the framework of accepted principles of international law.
Urging the international community to be sensitive to the problems of smaller nations, he said the spirit of cooperation shown in anti-piracy measures can be extended to “de-conflict contentious maritime issues”.
“Unlike in the previous centuries, maritime freedom cannot be the exclusive prerogative of a few. Large parts of the common seas cannot be declared exclusive to any one country or group.
“We must find the balance between the rights of nations and the freedoms of the world community in the maritime domain.
“Like individual freedoms, the fullness of maritime freedoms can be realised only when all states, big and small, are willing to abide by universally agreed laws and principles,” he added.
Antony said maritime security issues have become a strategic priority for India, given its geographical location, extensive maritime interests, dependence on the seas for trade and the evolving asymmetric threats in the form of maritime terrorism, piracy and drug trafficking.
India will make its contribution for the evolution of an open, transparent and inclusive maritime security architecture that would ensure the protection and preservation of maritime freedom, he added.
On piracy, Antony said: “A permanent solution to the threat of piracy will require sustained and concerted efforts by the international community, at sea and on land.”
Jack (USA) 18 hrs ago
Yes Mr Antony we are scared to ,but not on the china spending ,it is the way you politician spend on lavish trip,which does n`t fetch a single benefit to my mother land,
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Kash Sinha (Siliguri)
India should hand over the barren lands of Siachen and the barren lands of Arunachal Pradesh to USA, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and all other Pro-India countries on lease for them to establish strategic army and air-force bases and should conduct regular naval exercises with the countries in the South China sea and the Indian ocean to counter China’s military presence in the subcontinent.
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Dennis (Dallas, Texas) replies to Kash Sinha 17 hrs ago
India will have to give Arunanchal Preadesh, Vacate Siachen and stop South China Sea drilling, Stop Supporting Western Lapdog Dalai Lama, give up Ladakh and share River Tsangpao water. India will not have a choice.
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ABHAY (HELL) replies to Dennis
What about your Obama ? Your job ratio is at the bottom. You can not police the world now. So desperate mind is speaking these foolish words
Varun Hegde (Blr) 17 hrs ago
Honestly biggest threat to the country is not from China nor from Pakistan. It is from this kind of useless government that slowly but surely taking the country to bankruptcy. India has earned a great status of the most corrupt country thanks to the successive governments of Congress.
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Arjun (Bharatvarsh) 17 hrs ago
China is a sovereign state and can spend its money how it wants. What is worrying is not China or Pakistan, it is this useless and spineless government. China’s GDP growth might have cooled down but its GDP itself remains impressive and not to mention its general infrastructure and literacy rates! Where are we in all of this? Million of people are hungry in India and homeless! Yet we are worried about what a nation spends on its military? Seriously, what Indian government should worry about is the revolt of the poor – not China or Pakistan.
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Arnab (Bombat) 16 hrs ago
Maintaining a good relationship with our neighbour countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Shri Lanka or Burma could have more meaningful defence strategy which costs nothing, rather having an arm race with China! We never bothered about them until now China helping these nations to develop infrastructure etc. I know many people from these nations who know very well that how we blocked water to Bangladesh, treating all Nepalis as ‘gate keeper’ or Singhalis are Tamil killers!
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There is a big difference between the spending of India and China on defense. India spend most of money to import and China spend most money more on their domestic home grown technology and less on defense import.
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Taru Kumar (Hong Kong)
Kick MS out of Pm post and put Modi in that position and Advani as defense minister. Pakistan and China will never be a problem.
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Gouranga Kar (Bhadrak.)
The real problem with us is rampant corruption. Otherwise we could have stood where China is today.
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TRUTH (india) 14 hrs ago
India cannot compete with china unless we unite ourself instead of getting divide on the base of religion,wealth,state. All anti indian lobbies want to weaken india by dividing the people in the name of religion.
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Sivam (Lucknow) 15 hrs ago
Where does he Indian minister got his brains from? China is a larger country having a much bigger and longer border to protect. India’s enemy is Pakistan while China’s main enemy is the much more formidable Western world. Besides, China’s spending on defence is much smaller as a percentage of their GDP than most countries of the world. As a percentage of GDP, India spends more. India actually think that the whole 105billion China spends is against India only? USA and her allies combined spend 7 to 8 times the amount China spends. Mr. Antony, stop using India’s name in promoting USA’s agenda.
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Ret. Gen. Ganapathy (Coorg) replies to Dr. Xu 12 hrs ago
Indian equipment in its army, air force and navy are terribly outdated. Reliance on Russia for spare parts has added to its woes. In short, Indian armed forces are a joke and even more laughable when India is referred to as a Super Power.
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Why is India hesitating in joining a Military alliance with Australia, Japan & the US. The alliance will be good for India. To hell with the Non Alignment policy.
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laddoo ji (canada) 15 hrs ago
Future war will be between china-india. We hardly have good strategy to counter the might of China should have maintained good relations with small neighboring countries except pakistan, but india never bothered about that. Living in Canada i have seen chinese are physically fitter than indians and can work for 12-14 hrs at stretch. Here we indians are making our kids fat by encouraging them to drink,colas,eat burgers,noodles,pizzas, ice cream etc etc, making them believ that they are rich and westernized.
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Abhijit (Kolkata) 16 hrs ago
If India don’t buy trucks worth 25 lakh in 70 lakh, India could also match china. And if we did not have 2g, commom wealth and coal scam we could have spent more than china.
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Antony strangely found to share his concern with Singapore ,a tiny country of 5.4 million people of whom 74% are Chinese !
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Agnel Pereira (Goa)
Why Anthony is concerned more about China, instead of our own problems what we are facing in our country. Where is the black money , which are in Swiss Bank, that is not your concerned, what about rupee devaluation, first solve your own problems than think about China.
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Singh (punjab) 12 hrs ago
India is where human waste, discharged along the vast, 65,000km rail network, corrodes the tracks to such an extent the rails have to be replaced every 24 months instead of having a normal 30-year lifespan. This is the human waste left by the 20 million passengers carried each day by Indian Railways.
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Umesh Kumar Rai (Noida)
India should show concern over and do some productive steps as China’s military spending is more than 3 times what India has. Now after US, china is the country spending so much of money in military. We don’t even have roads in the Indo-China Border near Arunachal Pradesh where China has already built high-Speed rail Lines. Our soldiers are there but everything is supplied by helicopters from soldiers to food to ammunition.This shows how much we are lagging.
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rafique (Houston) 15 hrs ago
Don’t worry about China, first take care of yourself, India! Focus on making your country strong economically as China has done. Everything will follow after that!
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Why India is worried, China is not going to invade India, it is just stupid worry. There is no way India can compete with China.
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N.C. (Mumbai) 16 hrs ago
All these years our defense preparedness and matching game was with Pakistan not with China. Now these politicians are just waking up and finding it is too late, If it was other way, Pakistan would not have dared to come to Mumbai give a slap and run away. The spine less and corrupt political leader are to blame for this state.
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ram iyer (everywhere) 17 hrs ago
US spends $600 billion. why Anthony is not concerned? They sent 7th fleet in 1971 to bomb India. US threaten India if we buy from Iran oil. Average Indian (Close to 800 million indians) survive on cheap food, fuel and place. The trouble created by US and its allies by threatening other nations has no bounds. China didnt rule India. British ruled India.
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dont divert the attention (hk) 17 hrs ago
I am saying again and again, only threat to Indian security is growing numbers of small pakistans in India.
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Brown American (USA) replies to 707MahaDev
China’s defense spending boosts its economy and technology, India’s defense spending saves Europe and USA. Who is more dear to USA/Europe?
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k (london) 12 hrs ago
Concern hoke kya kar loge , jabki corruption ka aids desh ko kholkla kar raha hai… Leader like modi is only hope i see in current scenario
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Satish (USA) 18 hrs ago
India should stop worrying about China. Let the Chinese become stronger and stronger. India should focus more on education and health care and less on defence. China is not a threat. China is a partner of the BRICS coalition which is trying to shape a new world order after the decline of the west. For BRICS to succeed, all BRICS nations should emphasize on education, health care, infrastructure and job creation and work together on enhancing a combined long range nuclear detterent and a unified and coalition style military force to ensure world peace and stability rather than fight with each other.
If NATO can form a group, BRICS can form a military group too that will cement the BRICS together. If the west can create an IMF or World Bank, then the BRICS can create a BRICS bank too which is in the planning stages. We should all publicize unity of BRICS rather than disunity. The US is important since the BRICS need the huge US market and US technology too. US could be made a non-BRICS ally. All human beings should live in peace and in this respect OPEC is also an ally of the BRICS. India needs friends be it Singapore or China or the USA or anyone else.
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Sanjeev Kumar (Kerala)
Why you need China CONgress itself is enough to finish India….
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Don’t adopt sheep’s mentality Antony, and stop making these foolish comments regarding concerns and stuff. Just because Japan said so, we don’t have to endorse that. China can spend 100% of the GDP on military; what have we got to do with it. If you can compete, compete; don’t cry. I hate cry babies. What actually worries me more is that fact that India is going Pakistan’s way. Pakistan did the same thing to India at the behest of US; now India is trying to do the same thing against China at the behest of this treacherous nation called US. Don’t bank on any other country, and please don’t try to please anyone by your comments. India kept sleeping for decades and China worked; all we can do is give our best and try to do our best in the upcoming technologies and defense projects.
Look at what US is trying to do; it is collaborating with multiple nations to tether China and claim Asian resources. Once China is defeated, it will slowly disintegrate its so-called partners of today. Beware of these things and don’t get too excited. Furthermore, extract the technology acquisition from US with strict guidelines, documentation and training. Please don’t lax on that. We need to be really really assertive there. Hope you guys are thinking and analyzing all these aspects of joint ventures and strategic relation. Stop being subservient and try not to bother China too much. China is no good I know, but you got to accept your neighbors for prosperity. .
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Brig. (retd) K.S. Takait (Rohtak) 16 hrs ago
Antony an intelligent man and nationalist is correct. Today all experts agree we have a military edge over China, this has to and must be maintained.
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patriot (earth) 10 hrs ago
If India is concerned then increase our army at least a million strong man on eastern border plus 2500 tanks,250 ultra fighter planes like the Raffale,F22 or F 18 Hornet and raise another 5 -10 divisions army for mountain warfare with special cold gear.India should make ready suite case size tactical bombs to stop advancing of enemy army and make good roads so army can move forward easily wth their tanks and put sensor thermals all over on LOC so army can detect day and night any movement.If we have our own ABM system fine otherwise procure some patriot or arrow system and off course mobile missiles with nuclear war head ready.Our country can win any future war definitely after all their army did not come from planet Mars and they are like us.
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Amit Thackrey (Mumbai)
India should focus more on basic necessities like missiles and weapons when can combat threat from a military superpower like China. Enough of wasteful expenditure on luxuries like clean water, toilet, food and malnourished children. The need to the time is to produce more nuclear weapons. We are the super power and have also announced our arrival to the world. Go India Go.
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Guest (Canada) 12 hrs ago
I thought it was only yesterday that the illustrous illustrious general made a statement “China is not our enemy.” What a cacophony of conflicting views. Please do bear in mind “China, North Korea, Pakistan etc. is an axis of evil” -they are a danger to the whole world. Militarily & economically. Look what these baby faced Chinese have done to the economies of USA & Europe. ,
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Stephen (Toronto) 13 hrs ago
I dont think there is anything to be concerned about. If China thinks it will repeat 1962 than that will be a big misadventure. India has become very powerfull over the years and we need to strengthen ourselves on all fronts. We also need to consolidate our influence with our immediate neighbours which were originally part of India, infact our longterm approach should be to merge these countries back with India. To do this we need to put our own house in order and become a great example of properity, power and influence…unfortunately our lousy politicians are letting us down. Keep pushing for permanent seat at the UN security council and use a tit for tat approach with China and Pakistan…for god sake behave like a Super Power if you want other countries to consider you as a Super Power.
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palani (Delhi) 14 hrs ago
In today’s world, China is not an enemy. China is a competitor(Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh).
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Indian (Usa) 17 hrs ago
CHINA now is in the same position as Germany in 1935 . There are many many similarities
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Saikat Roy (Dubai)
No nation will declare war against other if they both need to survive. The only thing U need to stop Mr. Antony – is corruption of u guys.. If the India were managed properly since past 64 years, it would have been more powerful than china / USA.
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ranbir (noida) 18 hrs ago
we should put pressure on china to cut military spending,if they do not cut the amount we want we should stop buy their products
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vkguptan (Bangalore) 15 hrs ago
Will China be bothered about India’s concern? Will it stop because that India is concerned? And why India assume that all the money China spend is only for attacking India? What China has already with it is sufficient to win a war with India I think.
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Manmohan (Delhi) 15 hrs ago
You can’t stop or dictate any country as to how much it should spend on defense and other sectors.Only remedy is to prepare yourself on the basis of resources available with you.
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Sushil (Meerut) replies to Brown American 16 hrs ago
Indian military and Western Nations have self and mutual interest in exaggerating threat from China. It helps them get more weapons and keep European/USA economies going. It is a shame Antony is repeating what Japan and USA said.
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Grim (Mandsaur) 14 hrs ago
What concerns me is the fact that the men to women ratio in China is 118 to 100, the worst in the world. Their own data shows there may be as many as 30 millions by 2020 of military age men with no chance of a wife ever. The number stands now at 20-24 millions, today, this minute, of young men who are expendible. One child policy has created a pool of soldiers with little to loose.
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