New Delhi: China is strong, and has been asserting itself, but India is not a weak country, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday, stressing that the focus now needs to shift from the western to the northern border.
Addressing the customary annual press conference of the Army ahead of the Army Day on January 15, General Rawat for the first time talked in detail about the India-China stand-off on the Doklam plateau along the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China for over two months.
He also said that India and China are working on establishing a hotline, like the one India has with Pakistan, and it will be in place soon.
“The focus has to shift to the northern borders (with China). We have focused too long on the western side (bordering Pakistan),” the Army chief said.
He said the terrain along the northern borders was in favour of India.
The Army chief said China has emerged as a powerful country, adding that dealing with the Communist giant was the government’s job.
“China is emerging as a powerful country, though I will not call it a global power. But certainly, it has emerged as a regional power. It is becoming assertive. We understand China is a powerful country, but we are also not a weak nation,” he said.