It is "premature" to assess the impact of US President Donald Trump's policy of putting pressure on Pakistan will have and India will have to continue its job of fighting terror originating from the neigbouring country, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Friday. "China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", Rawat told reporters in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion General Rawat complimented DRDO and said CBRN threat is becoming a reality, particularly from the "non-state actors" and he is sure that DRDO's long-term perspective plan in conjunction and integrated perspective plan of the services must encompass development of mitigation of technologies against such CBRN threats.
He further said that the Chinese troops have maintained their presence in Doka La though their numbers have thinned.
The nuclear-armed neighbours have in the past gone to war over their border and previous year were involved in a showdown over a Himalayan plateau claimed by China and Bhutan, which is an ally of India . Yes we should try that it is not escalated. "Unlike conventional warfare, CBRN combat requires operating in a highly unpredictable environment, where functioning of man and machine in flawless harmony would be desirable", he said. "The Chinese are still there in north Doklam area". Rawat said the issue of exercising some amount of control over mosques and madarsas to check the alleged flow of disinformation was being looked into.
Recognising the threat posed by China on the border, the Army chief said that the troops are ready tackle any aggressive manoeuvre by China. "We understand China is a powerful country, but we are also not a weak nation", he said.
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He asked for a "wait-and-watch" approach on the impact of United States pressure on Pakistan, arguing that the U.S. also has its own compulsions vis-à-vis Pakistan.
Terrorists are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army's approach has been to ensure that it feels the pain, he said.
The border dispute began in mid-June after Chinese troops started building a road on the Himalayan plateau.
"What is being incorrectly informed to them (youth of Kashmir) is through the madrasas and the masjids".
Replying to a question on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, Kumar said details of the PM's engagement will be known only two-three days before the visit.