China fumes over Indian Gen Rawat’s ‘biggest security threat’ comment

Beijing, November 26 (KMS): China has reacted strongly to India over Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat’s recent remarks about Beijing constituting the biggest security threat.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman, Sr. Col Wu Qian, during an online media briefing in Beijing, said that the Indian general by giving such statements is instigating a geopolitical confrontation and violating strategic guidelines. He called the remarks irresponsible and dangerous, and said it had made solemn representations against Rawat’s comments to the Indian establishment.

China is the biggest security threat facing India, “much bigger” than Pakistan, Indian General Rawat had said at a summit earlier this month, adding, however, that India is prepared to deal with “any misadventure” on the “land borders or the high seas”. In response to a question whether China was India’s number one enemy, Rawat had said “no doubt” and added: “The threat on the northern borders is much bigger.”

“The unprovoked hype of the so-called Chinese military threat by Indian officials seriously violates the strategic guidelines of the leaders of the two countries on the ‘not a threat to each other,” Colonel Wu Qian said, responding to a question at a press conference on Thursday.

“It is irresponsible and dangerous to instigate geopolitical confrontation. We expressed firm opposition to this and made solemn representations to the Indian side,” Wu added.

“China’s position on the China-India boundary issue is clear and unambiguous: The Chinese border troops are determined to safeguard national sovereignty and security. At the same time, they are committed to maintaining peace and tranquility in the border area and make great efforts to ease and cool down the situation,” Wu said.

“As a neighbouring country, we hope that India and China will meet each other halfway, jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the border area, and jointly maintain the sound development of bilateral relations,” the spokesperson said.

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