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India open to using military force to resolve issues with China, forces are prepared says Gen Rawat


India’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that India is ready to exercise military power against China to deal with transgressions by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Ladakh. He said that this option will be taken only when the diplomatic process fails between the two countries.

“Whole of government approach is adopted to peacefully resolve any such activity and prevent intrusions. Defense services always remain prepared for military actions should all efforts to restore status quo along the LAC do not succeed,” said General Rawat.

Meanwhile, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are considering all options to restore status quo ante in Ladakh as per Gen. Rawat.

India and China have already met on several occasions over the past couple of months to find an amicable way to end this border dispute. However, no concrete results have been found from these regular diplomatic interactions.  The last meet was recently held on Thursday after which the External Affairs (MEA) had said that they are trying to resolve the outstanding issues in an “expeditious manner” and adhering to all existing agreements and protocols. But sources close to the development say that nothing fruitful has been achieved out of that meeting with the Chinese counterparts.

The withdrawal of troops by both sides had begun on July 6, which was followed after a two-hour-long telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to ease tensions along the border. But, things are yet to move forward since then. The Chinese army dealt with an “unanticipated” consequence for its “misadventure” after a strong response by the Indian Army.

The Indian army is pressing that the Chinese army maintains the status quo ante of April to quell the tension along the borders. “Due to the strong response of the Indian Army, the PLA is faced with unanticipated and unintended consequences of its misadventure,” said a source, adding it is looking for a “face-saving exit strategy”.

The Indian army has strongly objected to the shifting of Line of Actual Control(LAC) and says that it is simply not acceptable. The Chinese military is now desperately trying to give “ex post facto strategic meaning” to its misdemeanor in eastern Ladakh.

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