"We understand China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat told a press conference when asked about the border dispute. "China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", Bipin said, Times of India reports.
The Army, in a major shift in the counter insurgency tactics more than a year ago, had chose to operate in a "seek and engage" mode against the militancy which has resulted in the gunning down of about 160 hardcore militants offering a decisive edge to the counter-insurgency operations.
Talking about the western border, he said the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control has increased as Army was targeting Pakistan posts that were aiding terrorists. Rawat said the issue of exercising some amount of control over mosques and madarsas to check the alleged flow of disinformation was being looked into.
"We have increased our troop levels. we have increased our patrolling intensity".
India and China were locked in a 75-day standoff previous year at Doklam on the trijunction with Bhutan over the building of a road by the Chinese military.
"The Bhutanese were patrolling the area and we were watching all this from our side".
"Why are they taking risks?" Yes we should try that it is not escalated.
Rawat said Indian soldiers crossed into foreign territory during the standoff but only because Chinese forces had "big equipment and they meant business". "The Chinese are still there in north Doklam area".
"We are moving very fast, very soon we will have a hotline with the Chinese".
Replying to a question on procurement of Spike anti-tank missile from Israel through government-to-government route, the Army Chief said such a proposal was being considered.
"We have not seen the kind of activities that we had seen in June-July (last year)".
"The de-escalation by the Chinese could be due to winter months".
About increase in border transgressions and contact between Indian and Chinese soldiers, he said the numbers have gone up as India had deployed more troops in more forward positions along the border.