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LAC: China resorted to ‘my way or not’ policies but India stood firm, says Gen Rawat | India News

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NEW DELHI: China is resorting to policies “my way or no way”, but India stood firm to prevent a change in the status quo on its northern borders in eastern Ladakh and gained international support for it, said the Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat on Thursday.
Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, Gen Rawat said that China feels it has “reached” the world stage because of its “superior” armed forces, equipped with “advanced and disruptive technologies” that can cripple an adversary’s strategic systems, as well as the energy, banking, transportation and communications networks.
“They (the Chinese) feel that with a little push and shove, they will be able to force nations to give in to their demands. But I think India has stood firm on its northern borders and we have shown that they will not pressure us, ”said the CDS.
The international community has come to support India by stating that all countries should follow the rules-based international order, without trying to unilaterally alter the status quo.
“China tried to change the status quo by using disruptive technologies without using force … They thought that India, as a nation, will succumb to the pressures they have been putting on us because of the technological advantage they have. But that didn’t happen, ”the CDS said.
So far, there has been no overall decline in the year-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, and China is refusing to complete the stalled troop withdrawal in Gogra, Hot Springs and Demchok despite several rounds of diplomatic talks and military.
At the Raisina Dialogue, the chief of staff of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, General Koji Yamazaki, also criticized China’s attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in areas such as the Taiwan Strait, as well as the East China Seas. and Southern.
China does not recognize the legitimate interests of Japan and other countries in the region and such an approach will increase tensions and directly affect the stability not only of these areas but of the entire Indo-Pacific region, he said.
The head of Australia’s defense forces, General Angus Campbell, in turn, said: “The tactics of the gray zone (of China) are a way of nibbling the territory. We see this in the South China Sea. It is very difficult to respond without crossing the line that leads to open conflict ”.
On Afghanistan, Gen Rawat said the international community must ensure that the withdrawal of the United States and other forces from the conflict-ravaged country does not “create space for other disruptors to intervene.”
Although it did not name Pakistan or China in this context, the CDS said some countries “are looking for an opportunity” to step into the void. “Afghanistan is a resource-rich nation. There are some nations that tend to exploit these resources for their own benefit without the benefit going to the community or nation in question. This should be avoided … Afghanistan should be for the Afghans, ”he added.

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