China is strong but India is not weak: Army Chief


General Rawat, who had previously also highlighted on the need for technologically advanced weapons and equipment, said that threat from CBRN weapons is fast becoming a concern. On guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC), he said, "Time has come now to focus on northern border".

"Yes we should try that it [the tension with China] is not escalated", Rawat told reporters in New Delhi ahead of Army Day on January 15. "The situation is not similar to 1962", the Army Chief said, referring to the war five and a half decades ago that India lost to China.

The focus of the Indian army will shift to the country's border with China in the north as opposed to the long-standing focus on the western border, Chief of Army staff General Bipin Rawat said on Friday. "We are capable of handling China's assertiveness along the border". "We will not allow our territory to be intruded. They are more concerned about tasks at hand to get success, that is why sometimes it is leading to higher casualty rate", said the Army Chief in New Delhi. He further added that while Chinese troops have maintained their presence in Doklam, their numbers have thinned and the level of activity has gone down.

Recognising the threat posed by China on the Indian border, Rawat stated that the troops are ready to tackle any aggressive maneuvering China may take up.

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Last week, the United States announced suspension of military aid to Pakistan, given that it was not taking "necessary steps" to curb terrorism.

Referring to the U.S. action against Pakistan, the army chief said that its impact is yet to be seen. "We have to have good firewalls and systems", Rawat said, adding that the Army is "part of the national effort in ensuring cybersecurity".

The Chief emphasized that the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) should work in a direction to develop technologies to counter such CBRN threats.