India, China to soon have hotline, says Army Chief Bipin Rawat

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2018

"We can not allow our neighbours to drift away to China", PTI quoted him as saying. "We are continuously manning the border", he said regarding the Doklam standoff. "It was also posing a threat to us as it was changing the status quo", he said.

Gen. Rawat said the army was working on a plan to open two schools, and once they are operational, instead of granting financial aid, children of martyrs and physically disabled soldiers who are eligible for the help will be given admission in these schools.

Speaking on the occasion General Rawat complimented DRDO and said CBRN threat is becoming a reality, particularly from the "non-state actors" and he is sure that DRDO's long-term perspective plan in conjunction and integrated perspective plan of the services must encompass development of mitigation of technologies against such CBRN threats.

The army chief said that transgressions along the Line of Actual Control - the de-facto boundary between India and China - had increased manifold and that China was trying to put pressure on India.

Asked about the "pressure" being exerted on Pakistan by United States, he said: "It would be premature to say what will be the impact of the pressure. This year it will shift to North Kashmir's Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopire and Lolab and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there", General Rawat said.

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He said India will have to continue its policy of dealing sternly with cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, notwithstanding the pressure on Pakistan by the US. "We are prepared to handle", the Army Chief said while assuring that the security forces are manning the border continuously.

Hundreds of Chinese and Indian troops faced off a year ago on the Doklam plateau, a small strip close to the intersection between China , India and Bhutan.

The issue has been resolved through established mechanism, spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said yesterday.

Moreover, he said a hotline will be set up between the Indian and Chinese armies very soon.

"What is being incorrectly informed to them (youth of Kashmir) is through the madrasas and the masjids. I think we should wait and watch", he said.

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