Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that Army does not visualise any “serious trouble” with China post-Doklam episode. Speaking at Raising Dialogue event, Rawat said border forces of India and China are holding regular exchange and the earlier “bonhomie” has returned. However, he added the forces are prepared for any exigency. The Army Chief also said the number of PLA soldiers on the border has been reduced in the North Dolam (Doklam) as they were at the time of the (India-China military) stand-off.
“They have carried out some infrastructure development, most of it is temporary in nature. But while their troops may have returned and the infrastructure remains, it is any body’s guess whether they would come back there, or it is because of the winter they could not take their equipment away,” Rawat said.
“But then we are also there. In case they come (back), we will face them,” Rawat added.
Rawat assured that the mechanism in place to defuse the tensions between the two countries are working very well. “After the Dolam incident…we have started our border personnel meeting. We are meeting regularly, exchanges are taking place, communications between the commanders at the ground level is on and the bonhomie has returned which was prior to the Dolam (incident),” he said.
On political and militant fronts of terror groups
Speaking at the event, Rawat pointed out that all terror outfits have a militant and a political front. He said that both need to be addressed simultaneously in order to deal with the menace of terrorism. The Army chief said that strong curbs are put on the militant wing of terrorist organisations for their violent activities.
The Army chief highlighted that political organisation of the outfits continues with its activities of indoctrination, spreading propaganda, generation of funds, including in the name of the NGOs.
Indian Army and Chinese troops had been locked in a stand-off at international border for over two months last year in the Doklam area near Sikkim before “disengaging” on August 28. Also, recently, there was also an incident of road building by Chinese civilians at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh, but that was resolved last week.