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India has military options to deal with China if border talks fail, says CDS Bipin Rawat

India and China have held multiple diplomatic and military talks over the last three months, including five Lt. General-level talks but all have failed to yield results, so far.

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New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Monday stated that India has “military options” to deal with the Chinese on the issue of transgressions if talks between both the countries at the military and diplomatic level don’t yield any results.

“The military option to deal with transgressions by the Chinese Army in Ladakh are on but it will be exercised only if talks at the military and the diplomatic level fail,” Rawat said here on the ongoing dispute between India and China in Eastern Ladakh. India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May over the transgressions by the Chinese Army in multiple areas including Finger area, Galwan valley, Hot springs and Kongrung nala.

The talks between the two sides have been going on for the last three months including five Lieutenant General-level talks but have failed to yield any results, so far.

The CDS, however, refused to discuss in detail the military options that India could exercise to push back the transgressions by the Chinese Army in Ladakh sector.

The Chinese Army has refused to withdraw or disengage completely from the Finger area and seems to be buying time to delay its disengagement from there.

While efforts are underway to resolve the ongoing border dispute, India has rejected the Chinese suggestion to disengage equidistantly from the Finger area in Eastern Ladakh.

Also read: This is how China deployed psy-war after Ladakh. And why India isn’t replying


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  1. please inquire why soldiers were cudgeled to death and still no guns were fired. you have lot of time when talks are going on. my god, if this is the type of defense, can we even allow the talks to fail. you have really brought NM to his senses. otherwise he was going on and on criticizing the previous guy.

    • ‘you have really brought NM to his senses. otherwise he was going on and on criticizing the previous guy.’
      Neither NM nor his bhakts are ever going to come to their senses. They plead diminished responsibility for everything.

  2. I would rather our Generals talk less and act more. They are not diplomats, skilled in word play and art of speaking while saying nothing. One wrong sentence could disrupt the strained relations.

  3. WIth a statement like this from a CDS, how will China be keen to see that talks succeed ? IN fact it is a disaster if a CDS makes aggressive statements while talks are going on. How does he know they won’t succeed ?
    Does Rawat know that talks went on for 9 years before the Chinese withdrew at Sumdorong CHu ? He is speaking out of turn, but the PM doesn’t seem to realize this.

  4. Gen Rawat is more of a politician who believes in barking first and shooting later on the tragedy of india is that in every realm of our society is filled with people like him

  5. Is it a good idea for the CDS Bipin Rawat to declare about military options. Compare this with what Field marshal Manekshaw did in 1971 war with Pakistan. Indira Gandhi asked him in April itself to do something. But he didn’t agree to it, but the military preparations was already there. Pakistan was so miffed about the delay from Indian side that it finally decided to attack from its side. The rest is history. But here is a CDS, who wants to declare first. Winter is coming, making movement of troops very difficult, so what’s the point in making a declaration now. Will the declaration have any impact on China? So what’s the point?

  6. India’s going to take on a nation that is 5X bigger economically, 4X bigger militarily, makes stealth weapons and missiles and has allies in the region?
    Are indians delusional or just like losing land???

    • What do you expect? You think India will allow China to run all over it and watch? Economy is secondary in the heat of battle. India will fight with whatever it has. High altitude imposes come restraints on PLAAF such as distance, armament load to be carried, duration of sortie.

      • What Ruddin says makes sense. Your response smacks of the usual vain Hindu bravado. You cannot fight with a weaker economy, weaker army, enemies in all our neighbours, and Hindus fighting with minorities in India.

  7. I don’t understand why this military option when PM Modi has told that China has not occupied Indian territory in Ladakh.

  8. It should be ending up in a fair manner. Otherwise, this standoff can be a first step towards the more physical conflicts.
    Hope , sense prevails & next step is , a peaceful disengagement.

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