December 16, 2018

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

13 January 2018, 03:59 | Cameron Gross

Chinese troops have thinned in Doklam: Indian Army chief

Indian troops prepared to deal with China: Chief of Army Gen Bipin Rawat

On his annual press conference, he also said that madrassas and mosques colour the minds of children. He said the government had told the army to conduct operation "in the manner they deem fit". "We will have to do our own job", he said, adding the USA had its own "compulsions" to maintain relations with Pakistan.

Rawat said Indian soldiers crossed into foreign territory during the standoff but only because Chinese forces had "big equipment and they meant business". Stating that India was prepared for any eventuality during the 73-day faceoff in Doklam a year ago, he said all effort was made to ensure that no conflict takes place between the two sides.

In case of a threat at the military level, Rawat further said, "We need to have capacities to ensure that ammunition can move from one sector to another and we are focusing on it".

Amid aggressive Chinese efforts to increase its influence in the region, the Army chief said India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China.

"We recognise that China is a powerful nation, but let us not forget we are not a weak nation either ..." Gen Rawat said, "We understand China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation".

He asked for a "wait-and-watch" approach on the impact of U.S. pressure on Pakistan, arguing that the USA also has its own compulsions vis-à-vis Pakistan. "We also need to build capacity to move forces from western sector to northern sectors". We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars. "We have not seen direct support coming".

Speaking on the occasion General Rawat complimented DRDO and said CBRN threat is becoming a reality, particularly from the "non-state actors" and he is sure that DRDO's long-term perspective plan in conjunction and integrated perspective plan of the services must encompass development of mitigation of technologies against such CBRN threats. It is moving on track. "We have to get systems that are best suited for our requirements". "We are getting UAVs for Infantry commanders to utilise in his area of three to five kilometres", General Rawat added.

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