“A weaker adversary like Pakistan will always try to keep us engaged through proxy war and they are in fact a proxy of our northern adversary, that is, China” which is becoming “more and more aggressive”, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday. He stressed the need for “jointness of the Services” and the understanding that “technology is a very important facet of war fighting.”
“As far as our northern adversary is concerned, since we have unsettled borders with them and they have shown aggression on the east coast in the South China Sea with nations in that area, are they likely to, therefore, show aggression on our northern borders? Whether that happens in the form of direct aggression or they use technology, we have to be prepared. And this preparation can happen only if we work together,” he stated on defence reforms during a talk organised by the India International Centre.
While laying emphasis on cyber capability and artificial intelligence, he noted that there was lot of scope for looking at the space-based systems. The character and nature of wars have changed. Countries would employ technology to put pressure on other nations. “Technology is becoming the need of the hour,” he asserted.
The Afghanistan situation had to be watched. Nobody ever thought the Taliban would takeover that country so fast. “We don’t know what is likely to happen in the future. There could be more turmoil and more changes which, as of now, cannot be anticipated,” he pointed out.
On the global situation, he observed that the world was in turmoil and the rise of China had happened faster than people had envisaged.