China tried to change status quo but India stood firm, says Gen. Rawat

By The Hindu

China tried to change the status quo in eastern Ladakh by the use of disruptive technologies without using force, and thought that India as a nation would “succumb” to the pressure due to its technological advantage but, “We stood firm on the northern borders and proved that we will not get pushed,” Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Thursday.

“They [China] feel they have arrived. They have superior Armed Forces because of the technological advantage that they have. They have been able to create disruptive technologies which can paralyse systems of the adversaries. So they believe that by some shove and push they can compel nations to give into their demands,” Gen. Rawat said, speaking at the ongoing Raisina Dialogue summit, jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation. “In whatever we have achieved by standing firm, in preventing a change of status quo, we have been able to gather world support.”

“The international community has come to our support and said, yes, there is an international order which every nation must follow,” Gen. Rawat said, adding, “That’s what we have been able to achieve, and we are trying to gather support from other nations.”

Asked about the situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province of China, Gen. Rawat said, “In India, it’s believed that every community, irrespective of the religion that they follow, their caste, creed and colour of the skin, everybody has equal rights.

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