‘India capable of handling two-front threat’: CDS Bipin Rawat says India want peace across borders

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, on Thursday, said that while India needs harmony and serenity over our outskirts, the Indian Armed Forces are equipped for dealing with Chinese animosity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “Of late, we have been seeing some forceful activities by China however we are fit for taking care of these. Our tri-administrations are fit for managing dangers along our frontiers,” Rawat said.

Justifying the Indian actions against Chinese aggression along Pangong Tso, Rawat said that India’s policy of engagement, if not backed by credible military power and regional influence, would imply acknowledging China’s preeminence

The CDS said India’s military strategy to deal with a twin challenge would be based on identifying a primary and a secondary front for conducting operations.

“We want peace and tranquillity across our borders. Off late, we have been seeing some aggressive actions by China but we are capable of handling these. Our tri-services are capable of dealing with threats along our frontiers,” CDS Rawat said.

While addressing the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, CDS Rawat said India’s policy of engagement, if not backed by credible military power and regional influence, would imply acknowledging China’s preeminence in the region. 

“China’s economic assistance to PoK and continued military and diplomatic support to Pak mandates high level of preparations by us,” Rawat added.

In a clear warning to Pakistan, Rawat said the country will suffer “heavy losses” if it attempts any misadventure against India taking advantage of the border row with China.

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