Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bipin Rawat has said that the Army is fully prepared should there ever be a repeat of what happened in the Doklam region of Bhutan near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction area that saw both the militaries of India and China engaged in a bitter face-off for 73 days.
"We have the possibility of more movements after the winter is over". "The Chinese are still there in north Doklam area".
Asked about Chinese incursions, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone".
He asserted that China may be a powerful country but India is not a weak nation either.
"The time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border". This, he said, will lead to cutting off routes of infiltration used by militants after crossing the LoC, from where they move to south Kashmir. "We should start preparing for the next kind of warfare, which are cyber and information warfare". "That is what we are looking at - can these be brought under control?" the army chief was quoted as saying at his annual press conference while responding to questions about radicalisation in Kashmir, the print.in reported Friday.
"But to say complete pressure has been put on Pakistan... let us see it is a step by step process".
Amid aggressive Chinese efforts to increase its influence in the region, the army chief said that India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China.
To this end, General Rawat said that the prime requirement of the security force is surveillance helicopters: "Our first requirement is of surveillance helicopters".
Rawat also averred that the government too is dealing with the situation on the diplomatic front.
"Unless the pain is felt by the Pakistan Army, it would send terrorists, who are disposable commodities for them".
Although swift retributions are lauded by the public, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat termed "rushing to Ops" a "worrisome phenomenon" connecting them to higher casualty rates. "Troops are earmarked, should a situation arise our troops are ready to cater", said the Army chief.