On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, with the pair agreeing to promote a “forward-looking” approach to Sino-India ties. On Thursday, the Army Chief at a think tank in Delhi made a comment saying that China’s “flexing of muscles has started”. He warned that “the salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits of the threshold is something we have to be wary about and remain prepared for situations emerging which could gradually emerge into conflict”.
China and India should shed their mindset of regarding each other as rivals or threats and make sure that their differences do not go out of control, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today. All three countries are nuclear powers.
Despite the Doklam plateau standoff between Indian and Chinese troops coming to an end, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, said that a “two-front war” can not be ruled out, a sentiment which has been slammed by Chinese media in view of the successful bilateral meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. The Army Chief said India can not afford to let its guard down against China. He asked whether the remarks were “spontaneous” or do they represent Indian government’s position.
“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.
Professor Srikanth Kondapalli of Chinese Studies at JNU, points out how military ethos demand that the army has to be prepared for war at all times.
“Nuclear weapons are weapons of deterrence”.
Meanwhile, the disengagement at Doklam one can not be sure of the Chinese intentions with China claiming that it will continue with Patrols and protect its territorial sovereignty. “He advocated a two-front war in such a high-profile manner, but where does the Indian Army’s confidence come from?” the state-backed publication said.
Informing that the Indian troops have now been pulled back behind the Bhutanese Army, security sources said that the Indian Army has been giving training to Bhutanese Army personnel on specialized warfare for quite some time.