Army Chief General Bipin Rawat talks tough on China

Bipin Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat talks tough on China

However, there could be some movement once the winter months are over. Gen Rawat said the Chinese presence in the northern part of Doklam continued but has thinned out and the level of activity has also gone down. We will not allow our territory to intruded. "We understand China is a powerful country, but we are also not a weak nation", he said. "Now the time has come for us to focus on the northern border...therefore our infrastructure development on the northern border has to be speeded up".

Rawat, who was talking to reporters, said that minor construction continues to take place in Doklam but previous year the face-off happened because it saw personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) moving in large amount of equipment. "So we have to be prepared, but the diplomatic efforts are still on", the COAS told reporters here on Friday.

Responding to US Ambassador Ken Juster's proposal for "reciprocal military liaison officers at each other's combatant commands" by the US and Indian armies, General Rawat said that the proposal is still being debated and considered.

Acknowledging the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the US, General Rawat averred it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Pakistan, India and the extended neighborhood.

He also said that India and China are working on establishing a hotline, like the one India has with Pakistan, and it will be in place soon. This, he said, will lead to cutting off routes of infiltration used by militants after crossing the LoC, from where they move to south Kashmir.

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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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