Nothing can deter Indian forces: CDS Rawat in LAC
The Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on Saturday visited air bases and interacted with front-line soldiers in forward areas near the Royal Line of Control in Arunachal Pradesh amid a border row with China in the east. from Ladakh, authorities said.
“Nothing can dissuade the Indian armed forces from standing firm in their call of duty,” Rawat said in an official statement. While the current border row is confined to the Ladakh theater, the Indian Army is on high alert to deal with any mishaps from Chinese forces along the border, which runs from Ladakh in the north to Arunachal Pradesh in the this.
Rawat completed a year as India’s first CDS on December 31. As a CDS, Rawat is the permanent chairman of the committee of chiefs of staff (COSC), heads the department of military affairs and is the single-point military adviser to the defense minister.
The CDS also interacted with personnel from the army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Special Border Force in the Dibang Valley and Lohit Sector of Arunachal Pradesh, according to the statement.
Congratulating the soldiers on their operational readiness, Rawat said that only Indian soldiers can remain vigilant in the difficult conditions and that they are willing to go beyond the call of duty to safeguard the country’s most distant borders.
Rawat’s visit to the eastern sector comes amid the nearly eight-month military clash between Indian and Chinese troops on the Royal Line of Control (LAC), which has brought bilateral relations to a record low. The two sides have been unable to agree on disengagement and de-escalation at friction points in LAC despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks.
Earlier this week, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said talks with China on disengagement and de-escalation in the Ladakh sector did not yield any meaningful solutions.
Both India and China are poised for a long haul in the Ladakh sector and are adamant in holding forward positions along the controversial Royal Line of Control (LAC) during the harsh winter months.
Both sides are expected to hold the ninth round of military talks to reduce the border, but there is no indication when India and China will hold the dialogue. Both countries agreed to hold the dialogue at the corps commander level at an early date during diplomatic talks on the dispute on December 18.
While India has consistently pushed for comprehensive disconnection at all hotspots and the restoration of the status quo before early April during military talks, the Chinese side wants the Indian military to first withdraw troops deployed at strategic heights on the shore. south of Pangong Tso.