Unprovoked tactical military actions spiraling into a larger conflict cannot be discounted, says Bipin Rawat

BY The Hindu

India will not accept any “shifting” of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and unprovoked tactical military actions “spiralling into a larger conflict” cannot be discounted,” Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Friday as the 8th round of senior military commander talks between India and China are underway at Chushul to resolve the ongoing standoff.

“Our posturing is unambiguous. We will not accept any shifting of the LAC. In the overall security calculus, border confrontations, transgressions, unprovoked tactical military actions spiralling into a larger conflict therefore cannot be discounted,” Gen. Rawat said addressing a webinar by the National Defence College as part of its diamond jubilee celebrations.

Talking of the situation in Eastern Ladakh, Gen. Rawat said the situation remained tense and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was facing “unanticipated consequences” of its “misadventure” in Ladakh because of the Indian defence forces firm and strong response.

The Corps Commander level talks began at 9.30 a.m. on the Indian side at Chushul, a defence source confirmed. The Indian stand remains firm for disengagement across entire Eastern Ladakh, the source stated. After the developments on the South Bank of Pangong Tso on August when the Indian Army occupied several dominating features which were lying vacant, China has been pressing for discussing South Bank first and other friction areas later.

This is the first round of talks with the Indian side led by Lt. Gen. P.G.K. Menon who took over as the 14 Corps Commander on October 13. He has attended the last two rounds of talks.

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