Indian Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that the situation around the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh is very tense, adding that the country will not accept any ‘shifting of the Line of Actual Control’.

“The situation along the LAC in eastern Ladakh remains tense and the People’s Liberation Army is facing unanticipated consequences for its misadventure in Ladakh because of firm and strong responses by Indian forces,” Gen Rawat said.

“In the overall security calculus: border confrontations, transgressions, unprovoked tactical military actions — spiraling into a larger conflict therefore cannot be discounted,” Rawat said. “Our posturing is unambiguous. We will not accept any shifting of the Line of Actual Control,” he added.

His statement came amid an ongoing military talk between India and China at Chushul of Friday. He was speaking at Diamond Jubilee Webinar, 2020 organised by National Defence College in Delhi.

Rawat further said that he is not ruling out a possibility of a war with China.

India and China have been engaged in a worst seven-month-long border dispute at the LAC. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough.

Further, speaking about defence cooperation, the CDS said that India understands the importance of leveraging defence diplomacy in building mutual trust and partnerships with strategically important countries.

He also said that in the coming years, the Indian defence industry will be growing exponentially and contribute to the overall defence preparedness. “The industry will deliver us state-of-art weapons and equipment fully made in India,” General Rawat said.

The officer said that as India grows in stature, security challenges will rise proportionately.

“We must move out of the constant threat of sanctions or dependency on individual nations for our military requirements and invest in building long-term indigenous capability for strategic independence and application of decisive military power to squarely meet present and emerging challenges,” the officer added.

(With agency inputs)

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