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China facing “unanticipated consequences” for misadventures at border: Gen Rawat

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Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, on Friday, said that Chinese forces are facing unanticipated consequences for its misadventures in eastern Ladakh because of a strong response by the Indian Army.

Gen Rawat, addressing a virtual seminar at the National Defence College, said that the situation along the border with China at eastern Ladakh continues to remain tense.

India will not let China shift LAC

He said: “The situation along the LAC in eastern Ladakh remains tense and the People’s Liberation Army is facing unanticipated consequences for its misadventure in Ladakh because of the firm and strong responses by Indian forces.” Gen Rawat added that India’s posturing is unambiguous and it will not accept any shifting of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).”

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Gen Rawat said border confrontations, transgressions and unprovoked tactical military actions spiralling into a larger conflict cannot be discounted. He also touched on the issue of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan and the way it has been dealt with by the Indian armed forces.

China, Pakistan acting in cohesion

Gen Rawat, while referring to security challenges, said the “constant friction” with the two nuclear-armed neighbours (Pakistan and China) poses a danger of regional strategic instability with the potential for escalation.

He also suggested that the two countries with whom India had fought wars are increasingly acting in cohesion.

Proxy war by Pakistan in J&K

Gen Rawat said the “unabated proxy war” unleashed by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir accompanied by “vicious” anti-India rhetoric have taken the ties between the two countries to a new low.

“The surgical strikes after the Uri attack and Balakot airstrikes have delivered a strong message that Pakistan no longer enjoys the impunity of pushing terrorists across the LoC under the nuclear bogey,”

He said the new Indian template to deal with terrorism has injected ambiguity and uncertainty in Pakistan, adding India will confront terrorism with a firm hand.

 

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