Indian Army Chief: 'We Have to Be Prepared' Amid Chinese 'Pressure'

Indian Army Chief: 'We Have to Be Prepared' Amid Chinese 'Pressure'

Indian Army Chief: 'We Have to Be Prepared' Amid Chinese 'Pressure'

We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone. The Chinese are still there in North Doklam, but the equipment has gone back. However, there could be some movement once the winter months are over. "Should they (the Chinese) come in again, we will take a call on how to deal with it".

Acknowledging that China is exerting pressure on the Indian border, he said that China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation.

"The focus has to shift to the northern borders (with China)". The event provides an opportunity for the stakeholders to interact and understand the requirements of each other and respond in a way to bring coherence in the system that will eventually strengthen their partnerships and enhance the National preparedness level. "We have focused too long on the western side (bordering Pakistan)", the Army chief said.

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Referring to the United States warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, he said India will have to wait and see its impact.

Rawat, who was talking to reporters, said that minor construction continues to take place in Doklam but past year the face-off happened because it saw personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) moving in large amount of equipment. "Dealing with ceasefire violations, LoC, terrorists, the Army has been told by the government to conduct operations as it deems fit", Gen Rawat asserted.

The Indian army chief earlier claimed that India must be prepared for a potential two-front war with China and Pakistan as reconciliation with the latter looked bleak.

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"Ceasefire violations have increased because Pakistan posts supporting terrorists are being destroyed", he said. "Unless the pain is not felt by its forces, and it is a victim of its own actions, Pakistan army won't learn", he said.

The Army chief said that the forces need to update weapons and technology from time to time.

Commenting on recent developments in US-Pakistan relations, Rawat emphasized the US can not expect from India to do its job in the region.

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"The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did".

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