Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said China is taking over territory and testing India’s patience, the statement came just after a week of withdrawal of troops of India and China at Dokalam standoff.
Referring to China, Gen Rawat said it has started flexing muscles and Pakistan is surely to take any advantage of any situation which is being developed along the Line of Actual Control. He said that China and Pakistan well act as a duo if needed be in future.
“Wars will be fought on land, and therefore the primacy of the Army must be maintained. The other services, the Navy and Air Force, will play a very major role in support of the Army which will be operating on the ground, because no matter what happens, we may be dominating the area or the air, but finally war will be won when we ensure territorial integrity of the nation,” Gen. Rawat said while giving a speech at a seminar organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies.
He also stressed that the supremacy and primacy of the army in a joint services environment becomes very important and relevant.
He also said, even if both countries are nuclear powers and nuclear weapons are weapons of deterrence but that doesn’t mean that the countries will not engage in any kind of war.
He also said that the nature of warfare is changing and much before any military goes into the battle, wars can commence or start through non-contact warfare.
We have seen numerous examples of the same when China alleged that Indian troops have crossed in their territory and the whole state owned Chinese media aggressively pitched the same.
As we already stated in our of videos here about the three types of Chinese warfare, one being media warfare, others being psychological and legal warfare which was ignited by China to make an atmosphere which might lead to a war. However, this time it did not lead to a full war and a diplomatic channel worked in a good manner.
Gen Rawat commented on Salami slicing of the Chinese army, which apparently is taking over the territory gradually, testing the limits of threshold of the Indian army and that our army has to be ready for any situations coming in the near future.
Salami Slicing refers to a collection of tiny or small operations which are meant to achieve a larger goal that would be difficult to accomplish in one single go.
During the Dokalam Standoff, three countries were involved were India, China and Bhutan. While Bhutan being a very close ally of India asked for India’s help while China was on to a construct a road in the Bhutanese territory. The Chinese media gave many warnings of a war if Indian troops did not back off. In spite of spreading lies like calling Sushma Swaraj a liar and telling Indian army to learn from the lessons of 1962, the Chinese media and diplomatic experts tried everything to tell the Indian government to withdraw troops.
During the standoff, the Indian and Chinese troops also engaged in fist fight and threw stones at each other in a region which is quite far from Dokalam, near Pangong Lake, Ladakh and the Dokalam problem has been resolved for now.
The chief said, “Whether these conflicts will be confined or limited in space and time or whether these can expand into an all-out war along the entire front (remains to be seen)…with the western adversary taking advantage of the situation developing along the northern border is very much likely”.
With Indian army being very active in Kashmir and killed 140 militants in the valley, we cannot expect Pakistan to remain silent. India has been already facing a proxy year since so many years and it can lead to a small scale war of things escalated.
However, Indian Air Force chief to an interview in Indian express said that Indian air force lacks a lot of essentials which they should have by now. The Rafale is already delayed by so many years and the fighter planes are well after the their normal expiry dates. Also, the number of squadrons in the Indian air force is lacking which was the major cause of concern for the IAF chief.