‘Larger conflict can’t be discounted’: CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on China tension
Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh remained tense and that India's posturing has been "unambiguous".
"The situation along the LAC in eastern Ladakh remains tense and the People's Liberation Army is facing unanticipated consequences for its misadventure in Ladakh because of firm and strong responses by Indian forces," Gen Rawat said.
Talking about the overall security calculus, Gen Rawat said border confrontations, transgressions and unprovoked tactical military actions spiralling into a larger conflict cannot be discounted.
The Chief of Defence Staff also touched on the issue of cross border terrorism from Pakistan and the way it has been dealt with by the Indian armed forces.
CDS Gen Bipin Rawat lauded Indian pilots at Desert Knight exercise. General Rawat said that Indian pilots are able to adapt quickly. "Air forces of India and France have been doing exercises since 2002. Rafale, Mirage, Sukhoi aircraft were used in the training. This shows how quickly Indian pilots have adapted to Rafale," he said. Rawat added, "Our pilots are able to operate different aircraft. We saw France’s MRTT aircraft in the training. We saw how our jets were refueling from this aircraft." France's Rafale jets were seen landing at Jodhpur air force base on January 20. The jets took part in joint training 'Exercise Desert Knight'. Airbus 330 multirole tanker transport was also seen landing in Jodhpur.
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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attended 'Indo-French joint exercise Desert Knight-21' in Jodhpur on January 21. "The Indian and French air forces have been holding bilateral exercises since 2002. Today we have witnessed 'Exercise Desert Knight 2021'. The significance of this exercise is that Rafale fighters which have been inducted recently in our Air Force and French Rafale aircrafts along with our (Indian) Su-30s, Mirages have trained together and we have shown that how quickly we have adapted to Rafale fighters," said General Bipin Rawat. He also added, "We also flew in a French multirole transport aircraft (Airbus-330) in which they can ferry passengers, do mid-air refuelling and can also convert it into a medical facility too for medical emergencies. We also saw how our Rafales, Su-30s and Mirages were refuelling from it."
Indian and Chinese forces were involved in a confrontation in Naku La, North Sikkim on January 20, 2021. The Indian Army said that it was a minor face-off that was resolved by the local commanders under established protocols. This comes as India and China are involved in a standoff at the LAC in Ladakh. The ninth round of Corps Commander Level talks between India and China to address the ongoing military standoff in Ladakh was held on Sunday. The meeting lasted for more than 15 hours after starting at 11 am on Sunday at Moldo opposite Chushul in the Eastern Ladakh sector. Multiple rounds of talks have failed to yield any significant result in defusing border tensions. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel on January 24 inaugurated National Events of Adventure Tourism 2021, in Kargil, Ladakh. Kargil has abundant potential in adventure tourism especially in winter season. The Tourism Minister also launched a ski slope where 15 players took part.
India and China have agreed to hold next round of the senior commander level meeting soon, said MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. He also added that India is close contact over diplomatic and military channels amid Line of Actual Control standoff. "Both sides (India and China) have agreed to hold the next round of the senior commander level meeting soon and we are in close communication over diplomatic and military channels in this regard," said MEA Spokesperson Srivastava.
Tibetans exiled in India due to Chinese occupation of their homeland cast their vote to elect members of their 17th Parliament, and choose a 'Sikyong'. First phase voting was held in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamshala. Almost 80,000 Tibetans registered to vote in the election which has 8 candidates competing for the position of 'Sikyong'. The polls are taking place amid increased tension between India and China following the latter's military aggression along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Watch the full video for more.
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Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Arunachal Pradesh Tapir Gao on Tuesday claimed that it was during Congress' regime China occupied Sumdorong Chu Valley in Tawang and added that the then Army Chief planned an operation but former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi denied him permission to push back People's Liberation Army troops. "Since the 80s till today, they (China) are occupying this area, and construction of villages is not a new thing. They have already constructed military base between Bisa and Maza which is inside McMahon Line, under Indian territory," Gao added. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of national security after reports that China has built a village in Arunachal Pradesh, and said China needs to be given a clear message. He termed the situation with China as "very dangerous" and said India under Modi does not have any clear cut strategy on China, which is testing the country and will not sit silent. Watch the full video for more details.
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Army Chief General MM Naravane has said that there is collusive threat emanating from Pakistan & China. Addressing an annual press conference in New Delhi, General Naravane said Indian forces would have to be prepared to deal with a ‘two-front’ threat scenario. The Army Chief added that the two countries have increased cooperation in military and non-military fields and added that the two-front threat is now manifesting itself on the ground as well. The Army Chie’s remarks come amid a tussle with the Chinese Army along the LAC in Ladakh and continuous ceasefire violations and increased infiltration attempts by Pakistan. Watch the full video for all the details.
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