Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday that China’s interference in India’s neighborhood and attempts to unilaterally change along disputed borders led to a confrontation. The army chief said that regional and internal connectivity are largely linked to security, and that it is central to highlighting the North-East’s potential and balancing China’s influence.
Earlier, referring to the eastern Ladakh dispute, Army Chief MM Narwane said on Thursday that the situation on the northern frontier underscored the nature of the challenges facing India in protecting our territorial integrity and sovereignty. He mentioned that the challenges from the past have only increased. The Army Chief said that the Indian Army would continue to prepare and adapt itself for the future. These challenges on India’s turbulent borders are much closer, real and dangerous, which cannot be ignored.
Significantly, thousands of Indian and Chinese soldiers have been stationed in eastern Ladakh for the last nine months. The stalemate there has created tension in the entire relationship of the two countries. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on Thursday that India and China have agreed to withdraw forces from the northern and southern sides of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. General Narwane said that the armed forces should be aware of the nature of the unresolved border dispute and the challenges that have arisen as a result of the defense of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over developments going on at the northern borders.
Referring to the 3,500-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) along China, he said that the Indian Army would continue to prepare and adapt itself to the future, while far more close, real and present on our turbulent borders. The dangers cannot be ignored. He said that the Indian Army is gradually increasing its strength to win the war in future. He said that considering the future threats, the Army is also focusing on multi-domain operations.