Rawat said that China is resorting to salami slicing (a series of many small actions, performed by clandestine means, to achieve bigger goals or results that would be hard to perform at one go) and testing out limits of threshold which could gradually emerge into conflict.
The article further asked, “Where does the Indian Army’s confidence come from?”
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s recent comments over the possibility of India facing a simultaneous war front with Pakistan and China seem to have damaged the already feeble relations between New Delhi and Beijing. “The two sides need to work to really look at each other as cooperative partners rather than be driven by an old-fashioned mindset and regard each other as rivals or threats”, he added, according to India Today.
The 73-day standoff between the two countries was precipitated because China chose to change the status quo in the area and build roads, to which India objected and dug its heels in.
On Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reacted sharply to General Rawat’s assertion, saying the remarks were contrary to the views expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Xiamen this week.
India fought a war with China in 1962 and three wars with Pakistan, two of them over control of Kashmir, since securing independence from Britain in 1947. “Remain prepared for situations that are emerging gradually into conflict”. “While many people believe it is time to leave the episode of the border standoff behind, Rawat has sent the completely opposite message”, said the Chinese publication, which is run by the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. Addressing a seminar in New Delhi, Rawat also claimed that differences between India and Pakistan could not be reconciled.
“We don’t know whether he was authorised to speak those words or it was just his spontaneous words or whether his words represented the position of the Indian government”, he added, referring to the Army Chief.
“So it’s been a very careful mix of working on convergences which exist between our two countries – and there are many – and also at the same time trying to deal with the threat element in the relationship”, he observed. The editorial “then described there being “two Indias” – “one that is thriving and as one of the BRICS countries the same as China; and the other that keeps provoking and tangling with China”.