A partial disengagement along the de facto border between India and China has not decreased the threat China poses to India.
“War or war is always used as a last resort, and it is never justified. However, if this is necessary, we would emerge victorious “Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane stated this during a virtual news conference held ahead of India’s Army Day on March 31.
At the same time, he stressed that the Indian Army will deal with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in a firm manner since it was maintaining maximum operational preparation along its northern frontiers. Naravane further stated that New Delhi would engage in a dialogue with the PLA.
The Indian military, he said, had raised its troop levels in the region since a military standoff occurred in 2020, and he predicted that this trend would continue this year.
It was an all-out brawl along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which serves as the de facto boundary between China and India in the disputed area of Ladakh, which is located in the contested Himalayan region. Tensions in the region peaked in June 2020 with the deaths of at least 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers in a border clash in the region.
The situation has stabilised following numerous rounds of negotiations, but the two parties have not reached a settlement and have bolstered military deployment around the border.
Since January of last year, however, there have been positive improvements along the country’s northern and western borders, as Indian forces have interacted with Chinese troops through discussion, according to the minister of state for external affairs.
On being questioned about the 14th round of military dialogue with China, which began on Wednesday, he expressed optimism about the resolution of difficulties at Patrolling Point 15, which is located in eastern Ladakh and from which Chinese troops will be withdrawn in 2020 as part of the disengagement efforts along the border.
China, on the other hand, has asked the Indian army chief to “avoid making unconstructive remarks.”
“China and India are collaborating to defuse tensions along their shared border through diplomatic and military channels. We hope that individual Indian soldiers will avoid from making disparaging remarks about other countries “In a press conference held in Beijing on Thursday, Wang Wenbin, spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, stated that