On the occasion of Army Day, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane has said that the sacrifice of 20 Indian soldiers who achieved martyrdom during the violent clash with China’s PLA will not go in vain.
General Naravane also hit out at China for its aggression in eastern Ladakh terming it as a conspiracy to change status quo. He said that 2020 was a big challenge for the Army due to the standoff with China and it was responded accordingly.
The Army chief said, “Sacrifice of the Galwan martyrs won’t go waste. Our enemies should not underestimate our strength. Nobody can test our patience.
Gen Naravane says India wants peaceful resolution
Recognising the valour of those killed in action, the Army chief said, “We will always remember those who have sacrificed their lives. We want to tell their families we will always stand by them.”
The General added that eight rounds of talks have been held between the two sides and despite harsh conditions, soldiers have ensured security. “India wants a peaceful resolution through dialogue,” he said.
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Standoff with China since May 2020
The standoff between India and China has entered its ninth month and both sides have made heavy deployment of troops, artillery guns, tanks and armoured vehicles in close proximity.
The tensions started with skirmishes in Pangong Lake in May when troops came to blows on more than one occasion leaving many injured on both sides. On June 15, in an ugly clash in the Galwan Valley, 20 Indian soldiers died, while the Chinese never made their casualty public.
The deadlock in Ladakh continues as there has been no progress in finding a solution, despite eight rounds of Corps Commander-level talks—the highest level of military dialogue.
40 per cent increase in ceasefire violation by Pakistan
Speaking about the security threat from Pakistan, the Army chief said there has been a 40 per cent increase in ceasefire violation on the Line of Control.
He said 300-400 terrorists are ready in launchpads across the Line of Control to infiltrate into India. “Tunnels have been found close to borders with Pakistan,” the Army chief said.
India’s response to China
Following the border standoff with China, India has hit China hard where it hurts the most. It has banned several Chinese apps and technology companies for which India was a huge market. The list of banned apps includes TikTok and several apps of e-commerce giant Alibaba.
Also, India has reduced its dependency on Chinese imports, opted for alternative sources for procurement and the government is also trying to make India self-reliant through a host of measures.
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