China threat has by no way reduced: Indian Army chief

India and China have been working on "mutual disengagement" and there have been positive developments, but the "threat" is very much high, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane said even as the 14th round of commander-level talks between the two neighbours were held Wednesday

Jan 12, 2022
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Indian Army chief General MM Naravane

India and China have been working on "mutual disengagement" and there have been positive developments, but the "threat" is very much high, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane said even as the 14th round of commander-level talks between the two neighbours were held Wednesday.

"The 14th round of the Corps Commander level talks is underway, and I am hopeful that you shall see further developments in the days ahead. But while there has been partial disengagement, the threat has by no means reduced," General Naravane told reporters on the occasion of Army Day.

He said India's response to the Chinese attempt to unilaterally change status quo along the Line of Actual Control, or LAC, was "very robust", according to NDTV.

On a question about China building a village in Arunachal Pradesh's Upper Subansiri district, General Naravane said, "The MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) has amply clarified our position. This is arising because the LAC is not demarcated and there are different perceptions. As long as the boundary issue is concerned, for once and for all, the border issue has to be resolved. As far as we are concerned, we are very well poised all along our borders and there is no question that any status quo as it exists today will be altered by force."

Gen Naravane said the Army has reorganised and rebalanced forces to meet the threat from both China and Pakistan. "In line with our operational realities, we have undertaken reorganisation and rebalancing of forces. Reorientation of additional forces to the northern borders has been carried out, while retaining our punitive strike capability, along the western front," he said.

Along the northern borders, the Indian Army continue to maintain the highest levels of operational preparedness while engaging in sustained dialogue with China's People's Liberation Army, or PLA, the Army Chief said, adding that after persistent joint efforts, mutual disengagement has taken place at many locations.

(SAM)

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