China angered by Indian Army chief’s remarks

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Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang deems them contrary to views expressed by Xi, Modi


BeijingA day after Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat, said that ‘India must be prepared for a war against China’ Chinese officials on Thursday said that his remarks were contrary to the views expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Xiamen earlier this week.

General Rawat, while speaking at a seminar organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi, had said that India should be prepared for a two-front war, proclaiming that China had started ‘flexing its muscles’.

“Just two days ago, President Xi Jinping pointed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries are each other’s development opportunities, not threats,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreing Ministry. “We don’t know whether he was authorised to speak those words or it was just his spontaneous words or whether his words represented the position of the Indian government,” he said.

“For the past few months, for clear reasons, China-India relations were affected and undermined. Going forward the two sides need to work together to follow up on the consensus reached by the two leaders and make sure bilateral relations will stay on track,” Wang said.

Rawat, in his remarks, had said, “As far as the northern adversary is concerned, the flexing of muscle has started. The salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits of the threshold is something we have to be wary about and remain prepared for situations emerging which could gradually emerge into conflict.”


(With inputs from PTI)

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