Acknowledging that China is exerting pressure on the Indian border, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said that China is a powerful country but India is "not a weak nation". Once winter gets over, we can expect movement again. 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.
To a question about Chinese incursions into India, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone".
"The focus has to shift to the northern borders (with China). China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", Bipin said, Times of India reports. The development of infrastructure needs to be stepped up, and requirement of systems met.
Stating that "terrorism in J&K is not over", Gen Rawat said the Army will shift its focus to north Kashmir this year, after having focused on south Kashmir last year.
"Even if it would have escalated we were prepared (as) the terrain usually favours us".
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Asked about increase in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, the Army Chief said India has started targeting Pakistan posts which support terrorists in infiltrating on Indian side. Rawat said the issue of exercising some amount of control over mosques and madarsas to check the alleged flow of disinformation was being looked into. He said the government had told the army to conduct operation "in the manner they deem fit".
Referring to the United States warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, he said India will have to wait and see its impact. Though the government is dealing with China in a holistic manner, with the diplomatic engagement "going well", India should take care to ensure its neighbours like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar, Bhutan and Afghanistan "do not drift away" from it.
"Unless the pain is felt by the Pakistan Army, it would send terrorists, who are disposable commodities for them".
"The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did".