Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane addresses a press conference. (ANI photo).
Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane said two of the biggest challenges faced by the Indian Army in 2020 was China and Covid-19.
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Army chief general Manoj Mukund Naravane said in a press briefing on Tuesday that India was aware of Chinese mobilisation in eastern Ladakh, but could not anticipate their intentions.
Naravane said, “We were aware of Chinese mobilization in eastern Ladakh, but we could not anticipate their intentions. This was first mover advantage.”
This comes hours after it was reported that China had relocated up to 10,000 troops from its training facilities located around 80-100 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. However, People familiar with the developments said had said that they had not reduced deployment in frontline areas in the region.
The army chief said, “We should not read too much into their presence or absence in these training areas. But we keep an eye on them because they can be mobilized by the Chinese in 48 hrs.”
Speaking of the challenges faced by the Indian army, he said the biggest ones in 2020 were China and Covid-19. He said together with Pakistan China formed a “potent threat” that could not be wished away.
He said there was increased cooperation between the two countries in the the military and non-militray sphere. “A two-front threat is something we need to be prepared for,” he said.
Naravane said, “Pakistan continues to embrace terrorism. We have zero-tolerance for terror. We reserve our right to respond at a time and place of our own choosing and with precision. This is a clear message we have sent across.”