China has not occupied Indian land afresh: Antony

Sep 06, 2013, 14:24 IST | Agencies

China has not occupied Indian territory afresh or denied New Delhi access to any part of Indian territory, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Friday.

"I would like to state categorically that Shyam Saran has not stated in (his) report that China has occupied or has denied access to India to any part of Indian territory," Antony told the Lok Sabha.

Defence Minister A K Antony. File pic

A former foreign secretary, Saran, who heads the National Security Advisory Board, visited Ladakh last month and submitted a report to the Prime Minister's Office and the defence ministry.

A section of the media quoted the report as saying that China had taken over a large chunk of Indian territory in the Ladakh region and was preventing the Indian Army from accessing it. 

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