Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat today mentioned the Indian forces are able to counter “any eventuality” in Ladakh, with China’s People’s Liberation Army carrying out developmental actions in close by areas of Tibet Autonomous Area. “I do not assume there should be a lot of concern. We on our facet are additionally finishing up related exercise and I want to guarantee you we’re absolutely ready for any eventuality we could face,” he added whereas talking at a perform in Kolkata.
“You might be all aware that we’re on a stand-off scenario in Ladakh and based on that there’s some exercise that has been ongoing in Tibet,” Normal Rawat said.
“Every nation will continue to make preparations to boost its safety based mostly on its strategic interests, General Rawat mentioned. The army, he mentioned is on its toes in Ladakh and Sikkim to counter China. India is “absolutely ready for any eventuality we could face,” he added.
Vigilance is robust on the Line of Actual Control — the de facto border between the 2 nations — in Sikkim too, Normal Rawat mentioned, citing the 73-day face-off in between the troops of the 2 nations on close by Doklam plateau.
“Sure, the People’s Liberation Military is carrying out actions. We’re watching. I assure you that we have now also taken motion to counter any reason for concern,” he added.
The scenario at Doklam had developed in 2017, the previous military chief mentioned, referring to the stand-off. The armed forces, he mentioned, have “taken measures to make sure that the scenario doesn’t escalate”.
High-resolution satellite imagery accessed by NDTV has indicated that China has not solely set up a village more than two kilometers inside Bhutanese territory on the eastern periphery of the Doklam plateau, it has additionally constructed a street within the space that stretches roughly 9 km inside Bhutanese territory.
It’s believed that this road may in the end give the Chinese forces an alternate path to the Jhompelri ridge, which the Indian Military had prevented Chinese forces from accessing with the face-off in Doklam.